King of the Stone Age

An exhibition of work by KCAT studio artist Jack Foskin opens this evening (Wednesday) in his native Waterford.

An exhibition of work by KCAT studio artist Jack Foskin opens this evening (Wednesday) in his native Waterford.

“An Alternative History of Stone Age Man, according to Jack Foskin” is the title of the solo exhibition, which is in Waterford Central Library until December 10

Jack is a native of Butlerstown, County Waterford, and has pursued and developed his passion for art and creativity since he left school in 2003. After studying at Grennan Mill Craft School, he furthered his learning in KCAT Art and Study Centre in Callan, where he studied fine art on the full-time art courses and developed his painting skills. In 2007 Jack joined the studio group in KCAT. Following the inclusion in a range of group shows, he is now excited to present his latest body of work in a solo exhibition.

Jack’s combination of layers and washes with a thick, impasto application of acrylic paint makes key elements of his canvases richly textured and almost three-dimensional.

The subject of Jack’s painting are just as curious as his technique as he has created an alternative history of Stone Age man. In the paintings there are images of four-eyed people in their everyday activities such as hunting, fishing, dancing and the playing of musical instruments in celebration. In this exhibition there are large canvases depicting the native animals that the four-eyed people hunted such as woolly rhinoceroses, woolly mammoths, elk, giant birds and fish. Jack has also devised a map of where these four-eyed people live so the viewer can have a broader understanding of their existence.

This alternative world has slowly developed by Jack over the past three years, his imagination being fuelled by his love of comic books, graphic novels and science-fiction novels. He has had a life-time interest in history, anthropology and animal life. Other strong influences are tribal art and outsider art, all of which is visible in the Alternative History of Stone Age Man.