Josh Lilley Gallery

King of the Jumble

Carla Busuttil
King of the Jumble, Oil on canvas , 170 x 200 cm
Image courtesy of Josh Lillie Gallery


44-46 Riding House Street London W1W 7EX


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Carla Busuttil at Josh Lilley Gallery

Drawing upon her own family histories - of both an escape from genocide, and an emigration to a society founded upon racial prejudice and exclusion - the twenty paintings in 'Rug & Gut & Gum' explore Busuttil’s investigation into abuses of power, and violence, focussing on the individuals or groups of people responsible for such acts.  The knowledge and experience of her Armenian relatives fleeing Turkey at the beginning of the 20th century, and her own birth and childhood in South Africa during the height of apartheid, have both enlightened and darkened her perceptions of humanity and its struggle for control.  Through the rendering of these ambiguous characters - executed in her expressionistic brush-strokes, build up of paint, and boldness of colour - Busuttil seeks to place them and their actions up for account.

18 March 2011 - 28 April 2011