John Patrick Egan

John Patrick Egan was born in Dublin, Ireland, and studied at Central Saint Martins (M.A. Fine Art). He has exhibited widely throughout Ireland, the UK, and Europe, and his pieces are held in private collections in Dublin, London, Paris, Amman and Los Angeles. In addition to his own practice (which is primarily drawing and sculpture based), he works as an independent curator, reviewer, and portfolio advisor. A classically-trained violinist, he harbours penchants for old photos, so-bad-they're-good horror movies, and rioja.
Robert Rauschenberg's Illustrations for Dante's Inferno at A&D Gallery

It's not often that an exhibition succeeds in recalibrating one's general opinion of an artist, but the selection of works by Robert Rauschenberg which illustrate Dante's Inferno – currently on display at London's A&D Gallery – reveal hitherto uncharted territory. In this instance, the all-too-often appropriated maxim "abandon all hope, ye who enter here" is most certainly not applicable.

Thursday 19th September 2013 Read more...
Rosemarie Trockel at Sprüth Magers

Works primarily characterised by the painterly use of wool and an endearingly bombastic colour palette define Rosemarie Trockel's latest show at Sprüth Magers' London space.

Friday 13th September 2013 Read more...
Paper unfolds beautifully at the Saatchi Gallery

The role of paper is in decline: paperless offices are encouraged, emails reign supreme, and monetary transactions are conducted via credit cards and transfers. In Paper at the Saatchi Gallery, thoughtful, technically impressive and engaging examples of work in which paper features heavily or exclusively, attempt to redress this imbalance.

Wednesday 19th June 2013 Read more...
Marcel Dzama's Puppets, Pawns and Prophets at David Zwirner

Renowned for somewhat rude humour tempered by a veneer of innocent doodling, Marcel Dzama's current crop of politically-tinged yet still playfully lewd work engages the audience, while striking an impressive and expertly nuanced balance between adolescent hijinks and genuinely pertinant social commentary. At David Zwirner London.

Tuesday 9th April 2013 Read more...
A 3-in-1: Gary Hume, Chuck Close and Eddie Peake at White Cube, Bermondsey

Are you familiar with the concept of a "3-in-1" – the best bits from a takeaway menu, all thrown into one box and devoured at 4 a.m. after a nightclub? Well, in some ways, White Cube Bermondsey's exhibition of Gary Hume, Eddie Peake and Chuck Close is the art equivalent – strong, interesting work from solid artists that will have something for everyone's appetite.

Wednesday 20th March 2013 Read more...
Adel Abdessemed: Le Vase abominable at David Zwirner

Adel Abdessemed's latest show, his first at David Zwirner's new London premises, proffers a quietly though clearly scathing critique on some of the futilities of conflict, in works which are simultaneously confrontational and beguiling.

Sunday 24th February 2013 Read more...
Lothar Hempel and Aubrey Beardsley at Stuart Shave/Modern Art

An unusual pairing at Stuart Shave/Modern Art of Lothar Gempel and Aubrey Beardsley may not have been ideal in terms of a lasting conceptual artistic alliance, but no matter – the quality of the work from both artists on display more than compensates.

Sunday 2nd December 2012 Read more...
Kiki Smith: Behold at Timothy Taylor Gallery

Kiki Smith presents examples of her work from between 2005 and 2012 that express "the vitality of an animistic, spiritually charged universe": unfortunately, this is a particularly weak selection.

Friday 12th October 2012 Read more...
An impressive selection of works contend for the Turner Prize 2012

Controversial psychiatrists, misericords, an almost OCD approach to drawing something that doesn't actually exist, and an oft-bearded female puppeteer gets biblical: this year's Turner Prize nominees deliver a variegated collection of impressively well-informed work which should contain something to satisfy everyone. At Tate Britain.

Tuesday 2nd October 2012 Read more...
Thomas Schütte: Faces & Figures

Thomas Schütte: Faces & Figures at The Serpentine showcases a number of figurative works from the artist's extensive back catalogue as well as a selection of new pieces created especially for this event. While there are examples of his more recognisable work present here, the emphasis, questionably, seems to be firmly fixed on quantity as opposed to quality.

Friday 28th September 2012 Read more...
Bjarne Melgaard at the ICA

Bjarne Melgaard's A House to Die In at the ICA, showcasing his collaborative approach to the creation of a very singular breed of habitation is, surprisingly, a lot more playful than the title initially suggests. This is a slightly chaotic, beguilingly vulgar and, most importantly, genuinely interesting collection that must be experienced in the flesh.

Thursday 27th September 2012 Read more...
Thomas Houseago at Hauser & Wirth

Houseago's collection of new work at Hauser & Wirth on Savile Row delivers flashes of darkly seductive atmosphere and a vague sense of dread, interspersed with more than the occasional homage to antiquity.

Monday 10th September 2012 Read more...
Ryan Gander at Lisson

With this show, Gander presents us with a body of cerebral, subtly comic, and beautifully fabricated work. More important, though, is the fact that we are viewing work from a narrative craftsman at the top of his game. At Lisson Gallery.

Wednesday 18th July 2012 Read more...
Julian Opie

Julian Opie's latest exhibition at the Lisson Gallery shows the artist employing his signature style to branch out from the personal and human into landscape and antiquity. Adopting previously unexplored mediums of mosaic and film, Opie shows some intriguing experimentation that borders on a surprising approach on realism.

Tuesday 17th July 2012 Read more...
David Altmejd

Altmejd constructs lavish tableaux, often contained within perspex vitrines to elevate or fetishise its constituent parts. Coconut halves, perspex, and solidified resin are recurring objects in these works, which emphasize the contradictions between natural and synthetic in his work. These are undoubtedly fascinating pieces, but are they breaking any new ground?

Monday 11th June 2012 Read more...


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