For over twelve years British born artist Brian Flynn has been actively painting in Egypt, creating a wide range of work inspired by the culture, the population, the climate and the all pervading siritual influence that embraces and protects this sacred land. For the last five years the theme of the great festivals has been his primary source of inspiration; gatherings of countless thousands of people who come together in the name of Spirit, which lies outside of any religious denomination. And this Spirit that surges through these great festivals today is the same Spirit that has continuously flowed and effervesced throughout Egypt since before the Pharaonic period.
Taking an allegorical form, the paintings have always focused on the vital essence of the subject in its specific environment, while sytylistically they have evolved consistantly over the years, each phase culminating with an exhibition. It’s latest incarnation is both a step forward and a glance back at the same time. The basic format is tall, vertical canvases that capture a detail of one or two heads taken from earlier works, but greatly enlarged to concentrate on the emotional, physical and spiritual expression of the subject. The result is a monumental set of work that evokes the colossal nature of so many ancient Egyptian monuments in a contemporary manner.