Inside Artists - Issue 18

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66 ARTIST PROFILE Gabriel O’shea

Ilusión, 2020, mixed media, 30 x 20 cm

Gabriel O’Shea


he atmosphere felt within Gabriel O’Shea’s paintings balances on the edge of a knife between tranquil and tormented. With soft tones from a muted palette, scenes that at first glance would give a sensation of peace could turn into something that goes beyond a calming feeling when deepening the details. His figures are bound and blindfolded, alone in the frame with limited senses and a heightened tension. Not much is revealed of the protagonists, leaving the viewer to find meaning with their own thoughts, fears and feelings. Alongside his paintings, O’Shea uses black and white photography to document his ‘plastic’

sculptures, where limbs with distorted and detached appendages hang from crude stitching, his material mimicking the textures of skin in the absence of flesh. As with his paintings we are left with a plethora of questions as to the significance of each piece. O’Shea’s work has been exhibited in his native Mexico in different exhibitions, galleries and auctions, as well as his solo show ‘Contextos Invisibles’.

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