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Abstract Portraits by Joseph Loughborough (User Submission)

Joseph Loughborough spent his formative years playing in the derelict boatyards and creeks of Portsmouth. These vivid early memories are clearly evident in his figurative work, where the sensual curve of human ribs might be mistaken for the carcass of an old boat sinking into the mud, its skeletal hull protruding thorough the weeds. Honesty, expressionism and possibly exorcism can be read from his impulsive and intuitive rapid-fire mark making, which strive to grasp a comprehension of our human condition. Questions are frequently asked of the viewer about how we interpret our oft-untold fears and desires. A profound interest in the life and works of Egon Schiele, Frank Auerbach, Käthe Kollwitz and Alberto Giacometti gives a further insight into his aesthetic. Alongside his involvement as artistic director of a theatre production company in London, Joseph works from his studio in Paris where he is currently preparing for his first solo show in early 2012.