Using cultural and disciplinary difference as a driver

Gareth Lloyd

 

image: Gareth Lloyd, Points and Lines in the Age of Terror

 

The project’s Lead Artist, Gareth Lloyd, was resident at the Buddhist monastery: Wat Thamkrabok, Saraburi.

Gareth’s key achievements were to lead discussions with the other artists and to act as lead artist during the project. His own placement led to a series of paintings, drawings and material explorations into modest figuration in relation to several traditions at the same time. Explicitly, he re-examined Christian and Messianic iconography through exposure to a living and functional Buddhist monastic experience and its devotional activity geared towards producing monumental Buddhist sculpture.

The process of ‘working-through’ is still evident in his continuing studio practice and output.

 

Image: K. Igami

Citations form essays about Gareth Lloyd's work:

From: Towards an Aesthetic of Dissent:

"If, as Italo Calvino would say, we live in a culture in which the all-powerful media can do nothing but "transform the world into images, multiplying it in a phantasmagoria of mirror-games images that are mostly destitute of the internal need that should characterize every image," it is left to the sensibility of artists like Gareth Lloyd to invent new forms of the visual apprehension of the present and extract from them an aesthetics of dissent. " 
Professor Maria Esther Maciel, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil.

From: Leaving the Twentieth Century:
"Drawing inspiration from the cinema, his prodigious reading, the connecting points between mythic and representational reality and the seething nucleus of West End energies in which he lives, he is an artist working in his time with an alertness to creating configurative patterns from emerging contemporary myths."
Jeremy Reed (writer).

From: Some Thoughts on the Paintings of Gareth Lloyd:

"The paintings of Gareth Lloyd make one inescapable demand that the viewer be in their presence. By this I mean that, in an age when mechanical reproduction has given way to the proliferation of digital media, Gareth Lloyd's work needs always to be seen in its original, unmediated state." 
Paul Ryan, Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Other discussionn of Lloyd's work: Paul Ryan, Maria Ester Maciel (and in Spanish), Jeremy Reed, Editor's Corner, Shahidha Bari.

 

Funded by Arts Council England.

 

“Everyday spirituality does not neatly fit under the rubric of "Hindu" or "Muslim" or "Buddhist", etc. In my work I found that the little (sometimes illegal) temples and shrines and the spiritual activities that went on in private spaces such as homes were actually where interfaith activities and heterodox practices would take place”

Richard Baxton, Anthropologist working in Malaysia