The Rochfort Gallery will open its doors for its next exhibition titled Whimsy: Narratives of the imagination.
The fairy tale is where all story telling begins. It is the template of our world, built in the secret chamber of childhood and then filtered through time. Dreams of faraway lands, vibrant glades, mythic creatures and mystic oceans, often inhabit the realm of illustration. Yet look closely at most great paintings and the magical is also there. Whimsy dwells in the surreal, the romantic and in the wildest tangled forests. It is the licence granted by imagination and the unspoken code of the most original thinkers. Gathered together in this exhibition are 9 artists with a window thrown open to wilder imaginings. Given an open brief each artist responded with a distinct palette and mood.
Story telling in art is like casting a diamond into a pond: the painting is the first impression and then layers of narrative build, forming ripples in the pool of memory. In the footsteps of Lewis Carroll, Gustav Moreau and the great folk artists of history, Rochfort revels in the power of whimsy. Please accept our invitation to a collective dream, unfolding and verdant, poised on the precipice of spring.