Friday, 11 April 2014

The Unravelling

When I was asked to create a piece for this Saturday's upcoming "Universe: the art of Existence" group show at Modern Eden my brain went into overdrive. There was so many ways to interpret the theme.

I guess rather than depicting space and celestial beings, I chose something to base my painting on that is encompassing of everything, the Golden Ratio is everywhere, from architecture, the galaxy, nature, and art.

The famous Golden Ratio has captivated mathematicians, artists, designers, and scientists for centuries. Also related to the Fibonacci sequence, its ubiquity and astounding functionality in nature suggests its importance as a fundamental characteristic of the Universe.

The Golden ratio was used to achieve balance and beauty in many Renaissance paintings and sculptures. Da Vinci himself used the Golden ratio to define all of the proportions in his Last Supper, including the dimensions of the table and the proportions of the walls and backgrounds. The Golden ratio also appears in da Vinci's Vitruvian Man and the Mona Lisa. Other artists who employed the Golden ratio include Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt, Seurat, and Salvador Dali.

In my painting, I chose to create a still life in the dutch golden age tradition. The nautilus shell presents one of the finest natural examples of a logarithmic spiral, although it does not exactly match the golden ratio like a golden spiral, it's the idea I wanted to get across instead. The golden ratio exists in calla lilies and roses which I chose to feature.

The piece is available at Modern Eden, please follow the link or contact the gallery for more information.

The Unravelling
"Still Life"
acrylic on gesso board, 2014
8 x 8 inches, 20.3 x 20.3 cm

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Universe

Next exhibition that I'm involved in is coming up very soon at Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco.

Lots of amazing artists it's sure to be a spectacular exhibition. Full list below in flyer.

I'll be posting my final piece soon.


Monday, 17 March 2014

A few things of late

Just posting a few work in progress pics of some pieces I've been currently working on.

Details of upcoming groups shows coming soon!





Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Sneak peak! Sullen Clothing

Very excited to share this news. My piece "Tempestuous" is soon to be release on a tee by Sullen Clothing.

Here's a very sneaky peek of @richiebon wearing a sample of the tee with none other than Scary Spice, Mel B!


Ode to the Golden Age

This current body of work that I’m creating is an ode to the long tradition of dutch still life painting, and inspired by my last visit to Amsterdam. There is something so glorious about the simplicity of a still-life.

It reflects my love of beauty and romance. It is time suspended, the transitory nature of existence: life, death and the after-life. It is my desire to make these images more permanent, to freeze time. For that reason the animals depicted in this series are all endanger species, illustrating the fragility of time.


Wheel of Fortune

You can still catch the Tarot Under Oath exhibition on at Last Rites Gallery in New York. It runs until 1st March.

Here's my full piece below, my interpretation of the card, "Wheel of Fortune".

Wheel of Fortune
"Tarot Under Oath"
acrylic on gesso board, 2013
14 x 21 inches, 35.6 x 53.3 cm