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Jack Duplock, Iggy Sleeping, acrylic and pencil on canvas, 2014 , 75 x 120 cm
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Jack Duplock, Untitled ( she in a kaleidoscope dream), acrylic and pencil on canvas, 2019 , 91 x 121 cm
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Jack Duplock, Awake, acrylic and pencil on canvas, 2019 , 30 x 40 cm
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Jack Duplock

Awake, Feb- April 2019

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theAgency. Gallery is pleased to present a survey of new and recent works by the London based painter Jack Duplock. The artist will be present at the preview. During the opening there will be a live performance by WOOLFENDEN, an experimental sound duo with Sarah Woolfenden and Justin Harries. Sarah is also a member of the band Tolerance Manouvre, endorsed by Andrew Weatherall on NTS Radio. The live performance will begin at 7.30pm. Please RSVP.

Jack Duplock has always had a connection to the world of sound and music culture, in a sense that he is fascinated by contemporary pop culture mysticism and futuristic imagination. In this exhibition visionaries such as SunRa appear in Duplock’s shamanistic folk paintings mixed with elements of graphic abstraction. The survey of recent works also includes the paintings which delve into his enduring narrative thread of a shamanistic pastorale derived from rural British subcultures, from indie kids to metalheads. Duplock works in a bold unique style with pastel hues, mixing pencil crayon and paint. His style is infused with Seventies’ album cover or B-movie style drawing on a white wash layer. The almost minimal hues of the geometric background carry Duplock’s signature icons of bird/deer, bird/man, shaman/horse and visionaries with the third eye. The motifs are fey, as if they seek to disappear and, yet, the imagery is as enduring and memorable as in the title painting of the show “ Awake”. In the midst of pastel coloured flora and geometry almost like a decorative curtain the eyes

of a girl peer at the viewer with a firm and curious gaze. Duplock’s works often carry a faintly sexualised imagination set in the world of nature, pop dreams and fantasies of the mind. The paintings remind of the spirit of rites conducted with mind- altering substances on the festival circuit and the updated town fayre.

Duplock’s subversive mysticism also finds expression in his ready-made objects, carved and painted onto skateboards and surfboards. There is always a performing theatrical reality to his works. Jack Duplock’s works remain connected to a dreamy geometry of early modernism, perhaps a nod to Klee, to Seventies’ graphics and textiles and the folk imagination of the northern hemisphere.