If you’ve got a spare half hour or so and are in the city centre, then Georg Óskar’s exhibition ‘I felt bad but I feel a little bit better now’ is definitely worth a visit. Hidden away in the Abject Gallery on the eight floor of Bamburgh House, it is Icelandic-born artist Óskar’s first time exhibiting in the UK.
The succinct yet carefully chosen collection of paintings use the abstract form to offer an imaginary yet honest portrayal of the individual. Despite only being situated in one small room, the exhibition still managed to be varied. The first few unnamed paintings blended dark blues and greens to create compelling portraits of abstract individuals. A particular highlight was an intriguing painting of a woman riding a bicycle, which was comprised of subtle, layered colours, a clear reflection of Óskar’s artistic talent.
The last couple of paintings built upon the theme of the individual. Óskar’s use of the individual in the crowd offered an interesting look at contemporary life. In one particularly striking painting, Óskar used his abstract representation of the individual, placing a multitude of people within a crowd. Contrasting the naked form of the body with the clearly branded clothing of other people, Óskar has succeeded in creating a raw yet compelling representation of modern life. Overall, Óskar has triumphed in creating a set of extremely distinctive paintings which show he is an artist of great calibre. Seeing his work is definitely an enriching experience, and I’m interested to see how his art will progress over the next few years. The exhibition runs until February 23rd, so there is still plenty of time to pop down and see his work.