Rosebud, 2016 © Ally McIntyre. Courtesy the artist and CNB Gallery, London.

London - The Sun Popped, an Ally McIntyre' exhibition at the Cock and Bull Gallery was magnificent. In these recent days of full moon craziness, when everybody around the world has his nose up to the night sky, the mind goes back to “Ally McIntyre: The Sun Popped” an interesting exhibition at the CNB Gallery, London.

The work of Ally McIntyre is normally loaded with symbolism. With a new approach, she brings together many different traditional genres and iconographies and, facing the tradition, mixes everything in her paintings.

Mainly, the exhibition “Ally McIntyre: The Sun Popped” was about the dichotomy between the Sun and the Moon. At the CNB Gallery show, the Sun is assumed to represent masculinity, the Moon symbolizes femininity, and the Solar System is the traditional family environment.

It is a path of thoughts leading to a criticism of the patriarchal culture. The Sun is the centre of the accepted astronomical model of the solar system, while the man is at the core of the traditional family. The parallel between the two is clear, as it is the one between the woman and the Moon. It recalls also myths and rituals of ancient religions, where the sun was worshipped for its power and considered the focal point – connecting McIntyre to the exhibition on Egyptians now ongoing at the British Museum, London.

The Sun Popped exhibition mirrors the personal opinions of McIntyre on contemporary feminist activism. It explored the moon as a traditional symbol of femininity and focused on the romantic ideas of the end of the sun, suggesting nothing is permanent and hoping in an imminent change.

In London, at the Cock and Bull Gallery, the work of Ally McIntyre was loaded with recurrent symbols, such as stars, nature, or animals. The artist used a mix of acrylic, glitter and spray paint on a collection of ten paintings.

The director of the CNB Gallery, Rebecca Lidert, said: ‘Experiencing Ally’s paintings you understand what a confident painter she is. Her work is empowering. Her visual language has the conviction of a well accomplished artist. Her use of colour and composition are unusual, unique and bold.

Born in 1991, Canadian painter Ally McIntyre obtained her BFA from the University of Alberta in painting and sculpture in 2013. In the same year, she started her MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths in London. In 2015 after graduation she won the HIX Award, and is now represented by CNB Gallery, London.

The exhibitionAlly McIntyre: The Sun Popped” was at the CNB Gallery, Shoreditch, London, from 25th May until 10th July 2016.