Review: All We Have Is Now, Keith Newlove

newloveAll We Have Is Now and we best make the most of it says sculptor Keith Newlove.

Mortality is the inspiration for the title piece in the artist’s first solo show which he is staging at artsmith LIVE in  Monk Street, Derby, until June 28.

The vivid blue of the skull at the centre of this work gives it a strange richness which stops you dead and forces you to think about the here and now.

Newlove’s narrative of the effects of life experience is carried through each piece in this refreshing reflection of contemporary figurative sculpture.

It is an accomplished exhibition both aesthetically and conceptually with a provocative edge which gives it a sharpness not often seen in the county.

One of the most intriguing exhibits You Must Love Me incorporates beauty and provocation in equal measure.

It is a dramatic illusion discussing the complex subject of male rape. From the front it gives the perception of a decorative delicate flower but from behind the message is simple and stark.

My favourite piece is Feast – a visually stimulating work depicting the aftermath of vicious insect bites.

The delicacy of the gold and red detail on the brilliant white finish of the seemingly severed hand is mesmeric.

Newlove is certainly an artist to watch and if you get the chance you should make sure you take a look at his work.

The gallery is not easy to find so persevere.  It is at 109c Monk Street and the postcode is DE22 3QE. It is inside what looks like a workshop from the front and there is a tattooist next door to the entrance. There is usually a sign outside  pointing to the gallery.