Spéirling was Luke Shadbolt’s 2020 exhibition which took place at our former Surry Hills Gallery. Following on from his previous series Maelstrom and Acquiesce The Front, Shadbolt has drawn from sculptural and painterly influences to capture an intriguing frontier, creating a resonant point somewhere between art and raw nature.
Inis Meáin is the location of these striking images, located in the middle of the three Aran Islands off the Western Coast of Ireland. A land of sharp contrasts carved over eons; of pristine temperament punctuated by moments of crushing violence. The sheer power of the surrounding ocean attested to by the boulders littered atop the island’s mighty cliffs, tossed over 150ft from the very depths of the dark waters below.