Don't Tell Mama presents: The Cooney Brothers... A Solo Show
So you've finished your romantic Valentine's Day dinner and you're wondering how you could possibly follow that up? Well if you're near Toronto we suggest you head over to the Don't Tell Mama Gallery on Ossington for a drink and an opportunity to check out the latest work by underground artist siblings Leigh and Rolo Cooney. Don't Tell Mama was voted second in BLOG T.O.'s "Best New Art Galleries in Toronto 2012" Poll.
Leigh and Rolo are globally collected Irish-born Canadian artists. Due to the self-taught nature of their paintings they have often been closely associated with the marginal artists known as "Outsiders." Shunning both the "Outsider" and "Fine-Arts" labels, the Cooney Brothers consider themselves Neo-Folk artists.
Neither Leigh nor Rolo have formal training in the arts, preferring to experiment on the canvas. Despite being self-taught, Leigh is an accomplished full-time artist with paintings in galleries and private collections all over the world from South Africa to most American States and of course Canada. Rolo is also self-taught but has only recently decided to take up painting as a way to deal with his Ochlophobia (the fear of groups of people) that often keeps him from leaving the house.
Paintings by both brothers are figurative and psychological in nature. For Leigh painting originally operated as therapy for dealing with his Attention Deficit Disorder and high anxiety. He was a chronically shy Irish immigrant and many of his paintings deal with feelings of childhood alienation, as well as the daily struggles involved in living with Attention Deficit Disorder. Both Leigh and Rolo draw heavily on pop culture for inspiration.
For more information please visit www.leighcooney.com