A dual exhibition at London’s Flowers Gallery brings together works by the actor, filmmaker and photographer Gary Oldman and the artist George Blacklock. The opening of Slipping Glimpsers marks the first occasion their work has been presented together in Britain. It is also Oldman’s first major exhibition of photographs in a UK gallery.
Oldman and Blacklock first met while Oldman was researching a role for the film Honest, Decent and True (1986), in which Blacklock’s paintings were used as props. They struck up a friendship and have shared a creative dialogue ever since, scrutinising each other’s works and encouraging the mutual development of new ideas.
Slipping Glimpsers will include Oldman’s photographs from the sets of films such as The Book of Eli (2010) and Child 44 (2015). Blacklock will be exhibiting works from his Pieta and Ancestral Streams series’.
Born in County Durham, England in 1952, George Blacklock has been exhibited extensively in Europe and North America; among his honours are Welsh Arts Council and Greater London Arts Association prizes. Represented by Flowers Gallery since 1996, he currently serves as Dean at the Chelsea College of Art and Design.
Born in New Cross London in 1958, Gary Oldman is an internationally-known actor with a career spanning over 30 years. He has starred in Hollywood films such as True Romance (1997) and the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy (2005-12), and in 1997 wrote and directed the acclaimed family drama Nil By Mouth (1997).