Peterborough exhibition looks at the ‘language of emotion’

Tony Nero is exhibiting at City Gallery in June.
Tony Nero is exhibiting at City Gallery in June.
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Facial expressions are a universal language of emotion, instantly conveying happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and much more, says Peterborough artist Tony Nero.

His Mixed Emotions exhibition, at the City Gallery in Priestgate from June 12 to July 8, consists of a series of contemporary portraits capturing people’s emotions, moods and expressions.

“We express our emotions through our body on a daily basis, at times unwittingly giving away what we are feeling or even giving someone the wrong impression,” he said.

“My body of work is created in a style, which I have been developing over a number of years, and am intensively focusing on currently. I present a fusion of my more traditional portrait style with an abstract edge, thus creating a more contemporary way of working.

“I have always been fascinated with the term ‘Absence of Presence’. The simple concept where we are able so see something that’s no longer there, or visualise what used to be.

“This refers to our mind’s natural ability to complete the incomplete, to stir our unique creative imagination coupled with memory patterns in order to interpret the image in front of our eyes. I try to capture this concept in my work by using marks and colours as well as leaving out certain features in order to add depth and encourage creativity in the viewer.

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