The painter, Adrian Iurco, presented his work as part of the 2016 edition of the START Art Fair. Iurco graduated in 2015 with a PhD from The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, where he was awarded the Ciclitira Prize.
START Projects is a series of curated presentations that complement the fair. Each Project focuses on artists from new art scenes, giving them a platform to do a curated presentation in London thatis almost always their debut UK solo show.
Working in oil paint or mixed techniques, Iurco depicts mostly solitary portraits frozen in moments of introspection or contemplation. Fascinated by human psychology and its condition, he explores its hidden interior corners.
His characters are portrayed mostly in static postures and in many cases have their eyes closed. This element of “blindness” in his paintings increases the drama of his portraits.
Iurco’s limited palette provides a counter-balance to the excess of colour, noise and light created by mass media and our consumerist society.