Work by French painter, sculptor and designer Henri Matisse - whose work is famous for its use of colour, vibrancy and deceptive simplicity of outline - goes on display today (October 24) at the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre in Limavady. The exhibition entitled Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, Late Works 1950-54, is one of the most major collections to go on display at the venue and is a major coup for the Ulster artworld - in a week which also sees the unveiling of the Turner Prize exhibition in Londonderry.
On tour from the Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre in London, the collection features 35 lithographic prints of the large-scale cut-outs Matisse made in the last four years of his life when he was confined to his bed because of ill-health. The exhibtion includes many of his iconic images including The Snail and the Blue Nudes. Mattise famously said of his late works: ‘There is no gap between my earlier pictures and my cut-outs...I have only reached a form reduced to the essential through greater absoluteness and greater abstraction.”
Desima Connolly, arts officer at the venue, said: “We want as many as possible to join us at the launch and help us celebrate this amazing exhibition. I think we have brought a quality, exciting arts programme to Limavady, placing it firmly on Northern Ireland’s cultural map.”
For further information on the Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors exhibition visit roevalleyarts.com or call 02877 760650.