Paul Moriarty: Heart of Oak

6 March - 17 May 1988

Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery opens in March 1988 at 35 Windmill Street with Paul Moriarty's exhibition 'Heart Of Oak'. As the title suggests, Moriarty aims at painting the essence of Englishness, depicting English country mansions and exploring the traditional English painting subjects of the dog or the horse. The artist takes inpiration from different sources and viewers are encouraged to do some detective work in order to identify them, playing with the codified quality of art. Some of Moriarty's art works resonate with Magritte for their surreal depiction of scenes levitating above landscapes. Moriarty's unique use of watercolours reminds viewers of ornithological illustrations. The exhibition also features Moriarty's close-up portraits of young girls, of mysterious inspiration.