‘Paradiso‘ is Guy Denning’s first London solo show for three years and is the third & final instalment of his trilogy of works based on Dante’s Inferno (the first two parts of the trilogy were hosted in galleries in New York and Italy and Guy has been quoted as saying that this is by far the most personal of the three.
The feeling which immediately embraced me when I entered the room was the sense of serenity and tranquillity which I felt was a direct reflection of the emotions put into the paintings which emanated effortlessly back into the surrounding atmosphere.
I found this to also be the case with the small portraits of women from the last century who had all, like Beatrice, achieved a sort of immortality (albeit a celebrity cult status) as a result of having their lives cut short.
The figures depicted in the large paintings are on a journey, some swimming, possibly floating, all definitely fluid, open, playing and serenely happy as they give themselves up in their final destination..
A quietly sensual show which reveals a realm where communication has transcended words and all are as one, a world where everything is everything. I left with a complete sense of well being, whether this was the intention of the artist Guy Denning I do not know, nor should I care because I felt that I was touched on a very deep level.
Paradiso runs until 26th October 2012 Signal Gallery 32 Paul Street London EC2A 4LB