Home   Whats On   Article

Exhibition: ‘Sensuous and compelling’ abstract art at Kettle’s Yard




Opening tomorrow, the new art exhibition at Cambridge’s Kettle’s Yard spans canvases, a vast wall mural and a dance collaboration

Megan Rooney, EVERYWHERE BEEN THERE (within the exhibition), Fire on the Mountain at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2024. Photo: Eva Herzog
Megan Rooney, EVERYWHERE BEEN THERE (within the exhibition), Fire on the Mountain at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2024. Photo: Eva Herzog

Credited with “reinvigorating the power of abstraction” with her “sensuous and compelling paintings”, South African artist Megan Rooney is staging her first major UK solo show at Cambridge’s Kettle’s Yard.

Megan Rooney, Your Wind for my Mirror, 2022–23, acrylic, oil, pastel and oil stick on canvas. Courtesy the artist
Megan Rooney, Your Wind for my Mirror, 2022–23, acrylic, oil, pastel and oil stick on canvas. Courtesy the artist

Running from June 22 to October 6, Megan Rooney: Echoes and Hours promises not only a curation of her colour and texture-filled canvases, but also a collaborative dance piece and a site-specific mural - marking the first time any artist has painted directly onto the gallery’s walls.

Megan Rooney, Blue night (dancing), 2023, acrylic, pastel and oil stick on canvas. Courtesy the artist
Megan Rooney, Blue night (dancing), 2023, acrylic, pastel and oil stick on canvas. Courtesy the artist

Describing her process, Megan says: “I imagine myself in flight when I am painting, hovering above the surface and searching for places to land, touching down and lifting off. I do this again and again until the surface starts to collect information... The painting becomes a capsule, holding the weight of time.”

Details at kettlesyard.co.uk


Read more

More by this author