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In 1986, at the People’s Palace in Glasgow, Scotland, a local artist was commissioned to create a series of eight paintings for the domed ceiling on the top floor of the museum to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Calton Weavers Massacre of 1787. In each of these paintings is a striking and instantly immersive representation of Glasgow’s political history, particularly regarding the struggles of the working class. Depicting figures immersed in dark shadow and dramatic highlights. Years onwards, the figures from this very same artist, would begin to evolve in not only a more simple and minimal setting, but noticeably taking on more unsettling features, with more grotesque and shocking depictions of the human form, both physically and metaphorically.
This artist, is Ken Currie, a Scottish painter who since the late 80s, since breaking into the public eye with his jaw dropping ceiling mural piece, has created arguably some of the most bizarre and beautifully dark paintings that experiment on the themes of flesh and the body, possibly since the likes of Francis Bacon. With even a few curiously familiar themes of Mr Bacon shining through in a few paintings.
After looking through more and more of his terrifying bad dreams on canvas, I knew I just had to share and discuss some of his work with you all today. Which not only offers us a new perspective on mortality and the human body, but also an insight into the darker sides of the history of Scotland’s workers and urban life.
Welcome to another video everyone. Today we’ll be exploring some of the most haunting paintings of Ken Currie.
Artist Corner: Today's featured artwork is the spooky drawings of Harrison Morrall. Please click on the following link to his instagram: https://www.instagram.com/youngmoth_/