Parafin announces an exhibition by the acclaimed British painter Justin Mortimer (b.1970). This exhibition of new work coincides with his first solo exhibition in a public space at the Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham (until 31 May). Justin Mortimer’s powerful new paintings reflect upon a world in a state of disorder. Mortimer is an avid observer of the social and political upheaval that defines the international news agenda and these works echo recent events in the US, Ukraine, Venezuela, Syria and Afghanistan, as well as the ongoing Ebola crisis in Africa. Yet Mortimer wrings from this narrative of violence and oppression images of both hope and despair as well as a strange and troubling beauty. In the painting Der Besucher (2014) ominous figures clad in Hazchem suits are relocated to an idyllic landscape reminiscent of the Swiss Alps. In this and other paintings space is disrupted by plumes of colour produced by smoke f

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