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Exhibition Tour – Megan Rooney: Echoes and Hours

11 July, 1–1.45pm

Join art historian Saul Nelson for a response to Megan Rooney: Echoes and Hours.

This event has passed. FREE, come along

About Saul Nelson

Saul Nelson is a Junior Research Fellow in the History of Art at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge. His research looks at repetition and anachronism in 20th and 21st century painting. His first book, Never Ending: Modernist Painting Past and Future is out spring 2024 with Yale University Press.

Megan Rooney: Echoes & Hours

This is the first major solo exhibition in the UK of work by Megan Rooney (b. 1985, South Africa). Her paintings have an irresistible life and energy, renewing the potential of abstraction to embody the richness of the visual world.

In June 2024, Rooney will spend three weeks making a new ‘mural’, painting directly on the walls of one of Kettle’s Yard’s two galleries. In the other gallery a group of new paintings will be exhibited for the first time.

Created in ‘family groups’, the size of the canvases she uses are determined by the reach of her outstretched arms. Vibrant colour and line appear boundless, capturing the ebb and flow of their making, from the use of abrasives to remove pigment to repeated overpainting. Each work tells a compelling story, poetically recalling the real, the remembered and the imagined – inviting visitors into their restless and pleasurable worlds.

Find out more about Megan Rooney: Echoes & Hours

Megan Rooney, Flashed On (Hours), 2024, acrylic, oil, pastel and oil stick on canvas 199.6×152.3cm. Photo: Eva Herzog


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