Dion Kitson: I Too Was in Arcadia

Le Roi Fou is delighted to present an exhibition of work by new generation Birmingham artist Dion Kitson in response to the body of work of Ian Hamilton Finlay.

Dion Kitson: I Too Was in Arcadia

About Dion Kitson: I Too Was in Arcadia

Le Roi Fou in partnership with Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, presents Dion Kitson: I Too Was in Arcadia

Le Roi Fou, Edinburgh, is gearing up to open an exhibition of work by new generation Birmingham artist Dion Kitson, in response to the body of work of Ian Hamilton Finlay.

Kitson drew inspiration from the work and ideas of Hamilton Finlay at Jupiter Artland and Stonypath, Little Sparta – as well as Edinburgh’s Neoclassical urban landscape and relevant cultural institutions including Edinburgh Printmakers and the Scottish Poetry Library.

I Too Was In Arcadia, an exhibition of print and collaged works on paper, is the result, referencing a rich contrasting language of bucolic idylls, military technology, dilapidated follies and pastoral windmills. With an underlying Finlayesque theme of the industrial Workshop of the World set against the elegiac City of Enlightenment, Kitson wants to know, what are the mythologies of his own life and what are his own leitmotifs?

The work builds on a project initiated by Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery, revolving around Kitson’s location of a neglected work by Hamilton Finlay at The Leasowes, an 18th century rural garden created by poet William Shenstone, located in Kitson’s home borough of Dudley.

Kitson, who is from Dudley in the West Midlands, creates work exploring working class identity, global politics and humorous nostalgia, using wordplay, print, performance and film as well as traditional mixed media and photography methods. He is also the founder of Forward Magazine, Birmingham’s only contemporary art magazine, and was recently included in Ikon Gallery’s Forward: New Art from Birmingham.

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