I Know What I Like visits the Ben Oakley Gallery in Greenwich for a solo show by established painter John McCarthy, winner of the Visitors Choice Award for National Portrait Gallery's portrait prize in 1999. McCarthy is very technical and his style is based on painting images that have been previously distorted in particular ways: faces as they are seen through textured glass, or crumpled posters of celebrity figures and art historical images. His renditions of these are accurately realistic and raise valid questions about representation and reproduction in art.
This exciting show includes over fifteen new works. Amongst this collection are a series of his monotone trademark ‘Screwed Up’ film star and celebrity portraits that hint at the fragility of fame and the throw away culture we live in today, a process that he has painstakingly developed over recent years. McCarthy explains ‘the success of a painting is how it resonates and communicates with each viewer, only then do we know if we’ve screwed it up, or not’.
Read a comprehensive interview with John McCarthy on the Inspiring City blog.
We are taking a Sunday afternoon for our Greenwich visit, and plan to walk around the area and finish the meetup with a drink.
Event photo by Inspiring City.