Alun Rhys Jones’ newest exhibition Male Man investigates and deconstructs the traditional tropes of masculinity today with a series of works which analyse, question and subvert both masculinity itself and its portrayal in mainstream media.
Explored through hyper-real drawings, photography and installation, the artist captures a flawed push for perfection at a time in which it appears to be crumbling.
In the words of the artist “Masculinity is in flux. The effects of traditional masculinity on the male psyche have revealed the extent to which men are both the jailers and prisoners of their own emotional well being. Gender stereotypes are being questioned and broken down allowing men to open up, to show emotion and be vulnerable.”