george blacklock and gary oldman are slipping glimpsers
The renowned painter and actor team up for a two-man exhibition at London's Flowers Gallery.
George Blacklock, Ancestral Voices, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 152.5 x 189.5 cm, 48 1/8 x 60 1/8 in
"I first met Gary when he was researching a role for an artist in a BBC film called Honest, Decent and True in around 1982 or 83," says painter George Blacklock on the friendship behind the two-person exhibition of paintings and photographs currently on show at London's Flowers Gallery. "We connected and stayed friends over the intervening years, when I have been increasingly proud of his work. We've always shared ideas about what makes creativity happen." While Blacklock has been exhibited extensively in Europe and North America throughout his career, as well as represented in London by Flowers gallery since 1996, Slipping Glimpsers will be the first time their work has been presented together in the UK, and Oldman's first major exhibition of photographs in a UK gallery. "Slipping Glimpsers is really about those moments of clarity (or maybe quality), as experienced in our separate lives and working methods and media," continues Blacklock on the themes behind the show. "At the core of our friendship is a need to first discover, and then tap into that quality of experience we can share, no matter what media we have experience in (be that painting, photography, film, music, or writing). We are forever after those glimpses of quality that raise the game." You can glimpse them for yourself at London's Flowers Gallery from 15 April to 14 May.
All images © The Artist, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery.
Text Matthew Whitehouse