A Historical Masturbators – Eddie Peake at Galleria Lorcan O’Neill

Tomorrow, Saturday 24th of January, sees the opening of the solo exhibition of new work by Eddie Peake at Galleria Lorcan O’Neill. The exhibition will occupy the gallery’s new premises in the centre of Rome, as well as spilling over into the private areas of the gallery, its basement and courtyard. Painting, sculpture, performances and installations will all feature in an immersive environment. Developed out of Peake’s solo presentation for Frieze New York 2014, Psychosis, the exhibition also draws on the six months the artist has spent living and working in Rome in the lead-up to this show.

Peake has completed a new cycle of ‘Mask’ paintings, in which sharp-edged panels and lines converge above luminous washes of colour to form fragmented faces. Other installation elements of the exhibition involve life-size sculptures that have flattened undulating bodies, as if they have been peeled from a cartoon steam-roller, and plexiglass boxes stuffed with detritus for heads. Black-lacquered shelves, upholstered in tightly buttoned horse-hide, suggest the psychiatrist’s couch; lying on them are burnished bronze pipettes and strangely seductive abstract forms in polished plaster. Seven-foot silhouettes of bears have been fashioned in luscious two-tone acrylic and wear hand-knitted scarves. Peake’s restless creativity finds expression through timeless materials and ground-breaking new technologies.

About Eddie Peake

Born in London in 1981, Eddie Peake has lived in Jerusalem, Rome and London. After graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2006, he undertook a residency at the British School at Rome (2008-2009) and completed his Master’s degree at the Royal Academy Schools, London in 2013. Peake inaugurated Tate Modern’s Tanks with a commissioned performance in 2012 and presented one of his largest works at the Performa Biennial in New York in 2013. Earlier performance projects include The David Roberts Art Foundation (2012), the Chisenhale Art Gallery (2012) and the Royal Academy of Arts (2012). International solo exhibitions include his first solo show at Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Rome (2010), Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2011), Southard Reid, London (2011), Cell Project Space (2012), Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Rome (2012), White Cube, London and Sao Paulo (2013), Focal Point Gallery, Southend (2013), and Peres Projects, Berlin (2014). Peake will have a solo exhibition in the Barbican Curve gallery in October 2015.

About Galleria Lorcan O’Neill 

Galleria Lorcan O’Neill opened in 2003 as a space for international contemporary art in Rome. The gallery works with influential artists, including Martin Creed, Tracey Emin, Anselm Kiefer, Richard Long, Kiki Smith, Jeff Wall, Rachel Whiteread and Cerith Wyn-Evans. Many of these artists exhibited in Italy for the first time with Lorcan O’Neill. The gallery also works with important Italian artists, such as Emilio Prini, Francesco Clemente, and Luigi Ontani and supports a younger generation of artists, including Manfredi Beninati, Pietro Ruffo, Eddie Peake and recently Prem Sahib, Juliana Leite, and Celia Hempton. In 2008 Lorcan O’Neill opened a space for site-specific work and introduced to Rome artists such as Carsten Nicolai and Hanna Liden. This year the main gallery moved to a large new space in the heart of Rome, which is the converted stables of a Renaissance Palazzo.


Galleria Lorcan O’Neill – Vicolo dei Catinari 3, Rome
24 January – 4 April 2015