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Sculptor Nicholas Rena is Deep in the Green Lilac Park at London’s Browse and Darby

October 23, 2012

A photo of a large interestingly-shaped green sculpture against a white background

Nicholas Rena’s colourful sculptures invade Mayfair? Nicholas Rena. Photo: Dick Makin

Exhibition: Nicholas Rena ? Deep in the Green Lilac Park, Browse and Darby, London, until November 2 2012

Colourful sculptures from the former Jerwood Prize installation creator, with works titled from the TS Eliot poem, Ash Wednesday, in a show named after a Leonard Cohen song.

Rena has made 20 pieces from this show, with deep greens, rich reds and purples leading to top floor billing for bright yellows and lilacs in a set of typically monumental, thickly-crafted vessels in luminous colours.

?For those of us making a certain type of ceramic vessel, one of the central metaphors in such work, which is perhaps too obvious to state, is that these vessels are empty,? he explains.

?They are empty because they refer to traditions of use that are almost lost, such as baptism, anointment, invocation, and blessing, where man and the material world fused.?

He names Rothko and Matisse?s approaches to colour as inpsirations, and says the pieces relate to longing, appearing to reach up towards heaven or the sun.

  • Browse and Darby, Cork Street, London. Open 10am-5.30pm (11am-2pm Saturday, closed Sunday). Admission free. Visit http://www.nicholasrena.com.

More pictures:

A photo of three green thick sculptures standing on a white table with colourful insides

? Nicholas Rena. Photo: Dick Makin

A photo of an extremely thick large bowl-shaped sculpture in thick pink and light blue

? Nicholas Rena. Photo: Dick Makin

A photo of a circular thick purple sculpture with a dark red interior paint job

? Nicholas Rena. Photo: Dick Makin

A photo of a curvy sculpted vessel with an olive green painted interior and light blue inside

? Nicholas Rena. Photo: Dick Makin

A photo of a thick large circular bowl-type sculpture in light blue with dark red insides

? Nicholas Rena. Photo: Dick Makin

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