Striking solo exhibition

19 June 2016

A solo exhibition of the work of Grangetown artist John Abell is a dazzling and striking treat for the eyes.

I first became aware of his lino cut and wood prints online. His website has images showing the incredible detail and intricacy of his work, ranging from book illustrations, his own graphic novel and large scale wordcuts.

But it is no substitute for seeing a selection of his work spread over two rooms at gallery ten in Windsor Place for Three Act Play.

There’s the gothic, the myth, fable and legend – some scenes from the Old Testament; there’s the real beauty – and something tactile – of the limited edition of The Book of Job, another collaboration with Old Stile Press. Pick up a copy of this hand-made book, a work of art in its own right. Perhaps this is further proof that the digital age will never replace something of this beauty?

In the print Noah’s Ark you really feel like you’re drowning; there’s dark humour too, love and death. Some of the ancient tales may only have an outline in our collective memory, but they still have a universal truth and are worth re-telling.

Meanwhile, a new work Don Quixote Goes West dominates one wall, provides a contrast in scale and is in full colour. If that’s not enough, there’s also a representation of his work as a painter.

John’s work is also for sale and available via Collectorplan. The exhibition continues at gallery ten at 23 Windsor Place, Cardiff city centre, until 2 July, Wed-Fri 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm.

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