Painter, sculptor and multi-media artist John Kindness’ work demonstrates an insatiable curiosity for understanding society, politics, literature, history and culture and this most recent body of work Odysseus relates to Homer’s Odyssey.
‘It was not Homer who introduced me to Odysseus but James Joyce, and I think it was because Joyce was more interested in the man than in his deeds that ‘Ulysses’ started to speak to me in my Stephen Dedalus years. It was also Joyce who taught me about layers of meaning in art; how the quotidian can play a role in the epic and how superficial events can have earth-shaking consequences. When I eventually came to read Homer I found something that could be an adventure story to a schoolboy, a set of case studies for a risk analyst, or a handbook for a man going through a mid-life crisis.’
– John Kindness
This is his first Irish show since 2006.
Backstage at the Festival 15 July, 2pm
Gallery talk with the artist