The solo exhibition, lasting 6 weeks, will commence on 24 October 2018, celebrating the unpredictable verve of colour, form and line throughout McCarthy’s work.
Colour, in his hands, is not a muted affair but instead poses a deliberate argument: “I like the clash, the visual dispute between obvious opposites and non complimentary hues”.
Painterly and attentive to line, the artist’s new work has a lyrical open feeling with a loose abandon of line and a joyous jolt of pure pigment.
McCarthy’s numerous solo shows, including an exhibition in Soho, New York, has seen his work coveted by private collectors. Yet over 25 years he has been absorbed in private passion projects.
A lesser-known fact about McCarthy has been his extensive contribution as a community artist including working with a remote aboriginal community, high schools and as an ongoing acting curator for the Sydney Children’s Hospital.
In this new collection of fresh works, the spirit of joy in painting is palpable.
McCarthy is a 21st century Fauvist at the height of his powers and a colourist with a shameless desire for the beautiful. Here are still lives that never stand still and intimate pockets of the Australian scene captured with vigour. Ripe. Optimistic.