Press Release: Winter Exhibitions

Meryl McMaster As Immense as the Sky 

4 December 2019 – 23 February 2020

Ikon presents the first UK solo exhibition of work by Meryl McMaster (b. 1988, Ottawa). From a rising generation of indigenous artists in Canada, McMaster’s photography explores identity and its distinct cultural landscapes, with extraordinary visual impact. Comprised of new and recent work, the exhibition draws from the artist’s dual heritage to examine broader questions of being, placing emphasis on the social, cultural and environmental contact zones of both her indigenous and European ancestors.

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Meryl McMaster, On the Edge of this Immensity (2019), courtesy the artist.

John Walker New Paintings 

4 December 2019 – 23 February 2020

Ikon presents a major exhibition of a selection of new paintings by Birmingham-born artist John Walker (b. 1939), recently described as “one of the standout abstract painters of the last 50 years” (Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, 2014).

Having studied in Birmingham at the Moseley School of Art, and later the Birmingham College of Art, Walker was the first artist to show at Ikon Gallery when it moved in 1972 to new premises in the Birmingham Shopping Centre above New Street Station. Ikon’s exhibition reveals an artist now at the height of his powers, featuring “anti-scenic” paintings inspired by the coastal landscapes of Maine where Walker now lives.

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John Walker, Ripple (2017), courtesy the artist.

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