John Isaacs : 'Only Words'

9 September - 15 October 2016

Trained as an evolutionary biologist, British artist John Isaacs (UK-1968) gained notoriety for his lifesize, methodologically dissected animal and human bodies sculptures made of wax (A necessary change of heart - 1999, Everyone's talking about Jesus - 2005, ...) .

Although he cares for the anonymity, diversity and need to remove boundaries in his working practice, he developped an acute consciousness of our environment and ways of living hence creating the possibility of intuitively asking "What is necessary as opposed to what is simply decoration?".

His work consists of many different media approaches from drawing ( and pencil), painting (mainly acrylic), photography (a.o. What is it that there is something and nothing - 2006), collages to predominantly full-size sculptures (a.o. If not now then when - 2010) and mixed media installations. Recently, he started to explore Carrara statuary marble (The Architecture of empathy - 2014) opening renewed expressions of spatial relationships between a form and its surroundings.

His work is exhibited extensively in esteemed public and private European institutions such as Tate Britain & Liverpool, The Serpentine, Saatchi and Hayward galleries in London , ME collectors room in Berlin, Les Abattoirs in Toulouse, La Maison Rouge in Paris as well as in various venues in America and Asia. It has been collected by some of the most cutting-edge and renown private collections worldwide (Olbricht , Murderme/Damien Hirst, De Galbert, Speyer, Berri , Saatchi, Kim/Arario, etc...).