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Morris Nitsun: In Praise of Beauty

Private View:

Sunday 15th October 12pm - 5pm

Morris Nitsun's paintings are unashamedly beautiful. Not only is he attracted to scenes of beauty, but he paints them beautifully. While avoiding the clichés of the pretty and the sentimental, he paints work that is vibrant and arresting. But the paintings are not simply about surface beauty. Many of them convey an atmosphere, of absence and presence, of fullness and emptiness, of transparent light and mysterious shade.  Others touch on themes of separation and loss: isolated houses in a landscape; distant, unreachable horizons; untethered boats; a flower in its solitary splendor. The paintings hint at the human predicament that seeks beauty in place of ugliness and discord but may find it elusive, or too much to bear. We want beauty but are frightened of it. Beauty reminds us of impermanence, of what is easily lost. 

The period since Morris Nitsun's last exhibition at HCA in 2015 has seen further achievement in his parallel careers as a psychologist and artist.  His third book "Beyond the Anti-group" was published that year and in 2016 he was awarded the Royal College of Psychiatrists' President's medal for services to mental health in the UK.

This is Morris Nitsun's third exhibition at HCA and his tenth solo exhibition in London.  The paintings in this exhibition embrace a wider range of subjects than before – landscape, houses, seascapes, flowers, birds – all united in the beauty they embody. Travels to nearby and distant places inform the work. Trips to Asia evoke exotic seascapes. Mediterranean journeys bring sunlight and warmth.  African trips conjure vast landscapes.  We invite you to join us and share this exciting body of work and to rejoice in beauty.

Earlier Event: September 6
From Folkestone to Cornwall
Later Event: November 15
Gohar Goddard: Colourscapes