Bristol street artist Acerone, aka Luke Palmer, held his first solo London show earlier this month. Where Is Iron John? took place at The Rag Factory in Brick Lane between Thursday and Sunday last week, with many of the pieces inspired by Palmer becoming a father for the first time.
The style of lines of colour escaping from canvasses onto the walls on which they are displayed has been seen in Bristol before, most recently at Acerone’s Call to Adventure exhibition at the Colston Hall’s Glass Room.
“When I recently became a father, my preconceptions of what it meant to be a man were flipped upside down,” Palmer said.
“I found that the irreversible transition between boyhood and manhood had begun and with guidance from a long forgotten fairy tale, my most recent work explores key moments from what is perhaps the most challenging and turbulent time in any man’s life.
“The collection of work comprises paintings that juxtapose imagery of London streets and statues of immortalised heroes, double exposure photography and installations that use images of light and death as an allegory for change.
“Where is Iron John? is a visual representation of a young man dissecting masculinity whilst negotiating the complexities of modern life in the inner city.”