Taken from Jean Paul Sartre’s play of the same name, ‘No Exit’ looks at the subway station as a universal stage that validates Sartre’s ideas. In Moroney’s work, it is the billboards that we look to emulate and uphold, that have become a reflection of our prejudices and shallowness. Advertisements have activated these spaces to the point where photos of women become predatory and our surrounding landscapes have been drained of life.

Channeling Edward Hopper and James Gleeson via the likes of Francis Bacon, the artist employs minimalism and expressionism in equal parts to convey some of the feelings of detachment and isolation that these landscapes conjure.

John Moroney is a newcomer to the Australian art scene. After travelling the world for several years and absorbing the works of modern and old masters, he has returned with a desire to put forward his own view of the world. At the beginning of 2013 he opted to switch from his trade, working as a rigger on mining projects around Australia, and commence full time study at Newcastle Art School.

His output spans a variety of genres and mediums ranging from realism to abstraction, throughout this a constant theme that has emerged is his capturing of the human experience. With two awards already under his belt and a string of exhibitions in Newcastle and Sydney, ‘No Exit’ is the beginning of many good things to come.

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