The Living and the Dead

Paintings and sculpture by John Kirby

13 January - 15 April 2012

Free admission

The Art Books of Henri Matisse

Head (1993) © John Kirby, courtesy of Flowers, London

This exhibition is the first major retrospective of the work of John Kirby, an important contemporary artist who was born and grew up in Liverpool. His paintings and sculpture explores the themes of gender, religion, sexuality and race and Kirby's complex relationship with each of them.

Comprising over 50 paintings and 10 sculptures the exhibition brings together a group of work spanning over three decades, from early paintings made at the Royal College of Art in the 1980s to more recent works.

Solitary figures in strange worlds dominate Kirby's work; this has led many people to compare his work to that of Rene Magritte. However Kirby cites the Polish-French Modern artist Balthus and American realist painter Edward Hopper as his major influences.


This exhibition is developed in partnership with Flowers Gallery, London.