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  • ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

    Between The Wrinkles - Interview with Joe Sorren
    by DCG ROME
    ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
    Joe Sorren, is a prominent figure in the Pop Surrealism movement, emerged in the early 21st century as a driving force behind this artistic wave born in the USA. Hailing from Chicago and enriched by life experiences in New York, Barcelona, and Florence, Sorren's journey in the world of painting began in 1989. With immense talent and a unique artistic vision, he swiftly rose to become one of the most influential artists within the pop surrealism scene.
    His captivating works have not only captured the admiration of art enthusiasts but have also garnered the attention of Hollywood celebrities, making his pieces highly coveted and collected. Sorren's impact extends far beyond individual collectors; he has played a crucial role in propelling the success of the Pop Surrealist movement and has significantly shaped the course of new Surrealism in painting.
     
    Pervaded by the most poetic imagery, his signature fading landscapes shaped with peculiar brushstrokes and his distinctive characters,  Sorren's art has served as a wellspring of inspiration for countless artists worldwide. His unique style and masterful storytelling have left an indelible mark on the art world, leaving aspiring creatives and seasoned artists alike deeply moved by his evocative and enigmatic creations.
      
    Contemporary master of “emotion lighting”, Sorren paints with muted, but luminous, palette and golden-like oil colors that make the viewer feel transported into the realm of the canvas, a warm wool of soft textures. Sorren’s brushstrokes are like sunbeams that penetrate the foggy atmosphere of an ever-spring realm. His style is hyper-contemporary and hyper-impressionistic at the same time, a feature that characterizes his signature touch of color and makes his art widely recognisable worldwide.
     
    Sorren creates layer upon layer of texture with oil paint upon his canvas until creatures and sceneries somehow captured by extreme emotion emerge with impressionistic brushstrokes, as if from the deepest meanderings of the Artist’s imagination. Sorren’s inspiration for his paintings comes from human behaviors, classic moments that he turns into romantic, everlasting fractions of time. “Since painting is a physical record of movement in time”, Sorren affirms, “brushstrokes are not unlike the grooves on a vinyl record-capturing not just the color and shape of a stroke, but the timbre; the energy and emotion experienced at the time it was painted”.
     
    Sorren allows his artworks to evolve sensitivity naturally and subconsciously. The process of study and realisation may take even years and each new layer of paint, reflects the subject’s spiritual metamorphosis into new beings. A figure may develop into a hill or in a landscape; or perhaps a tree may morph into a human being. Mysterious creatures enclosed in their inaccessible ocean and absorbed into their simultaneously melancholic and joyful state, populate Joe Sorren’s large size paintings, which examine the wonders of nature and of the human spirit.
     
    Always playing with new forms and palette, Sorren highlights the tender faces and gestures of his inimitable figures and generates his unique, living fairytales. By recording feelings of joy, he creates something like a sweet symphony coming out of our ordinary moments, which ultimately realises an idealistic freeze-frame belonging to modern life. Sorren’s emotional subjects are remarkably moving and able to step us back into the memorable and timeless serenity of childhood.
     
    His artworks have appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Time and Rolling Stone and he has worked with media companies such as Warner Bros, Fox, and NBC. During the last 15 years, he has shown his artworks in solo exhibitions in Galleries and Museums both in the United States and abroad. In 2010, Sorren was featured in the exhibitions “Art from the New World” at the Bristol City Museum (UK), and “Pop Surrealism,” held at the Museum of Visual Arts Palazzo Collicola in Spoleto, (IT) curated by Dorothy Circus Gallery during the “Festival dei Due Mondi”.
     
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    Where the wild Things Are -Interview with Matthew Grabelsky
    by DCG ROME
    ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
    Matthew Grabelsky is a Los Angeles-based artist who combines a hyperrealistic painting technique with a surreal penchant for unlikely juxtapositions. Raised in New York City, Grabelsky uses its subway’s underground world as the setting for his unlikely pairings.
     
    Grabelsky depicts quasi-mythological human hybrids with animal heads, often nonchalantly reading magazines or newspapers. Fascinated by the persistence of animal imagery in mythology and communal cultural imaginaries, Grabelsky superimposes its presence onto his depictions of the contemporary world. For the artist, the animal becomes a manifestation of the inner workings of the hidden subconscious, ultimately revealing the latent identities and motivations lurking beyond the composure of the human mask.
     
    Technically inspired by 19th Century academic and naturalist painters, Grabelsky creates these unlikely, surreal scenes with a staggering degree of realistic detail. The contrast created between the visual verisimilitude of the works, and the surreal improbability of their content catches the viewer in a prolonged moment of convincingly suspended disbelief.
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    Weaponised Nostalgia -Interview with Ben Ashton
    by DCG ROME
    ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
    Ben Ashton is a master of subversion, employing fusing evolving technology and self-taught classical techniques to create work that is both beautiful and challenging. Inspired here by the "swagger portraits" of artists such as Thomas Lawrence, Ashton critiques the hypocrisy of contemporary political discourse and its weaponisation of nostalgia. His work emphasises the cyclical nature of history - by drawing on the aesthetics of the past, he finds an outlet for his anxiety over the events of the present day.
     
    Reflecting on his oeuvre, Ashton sees it as a personal narrative, a visual chronicle of his life and the lives of those around him. He muses that a posthumous retrospective of his work would unveil his entire life journey through painting, witnessing the passage of time - “You'd see someone grow old” he says, adding of his love for the resilience of portraiture “it has a strange lineage; it's been a part of humanity's means of expression for centuries.
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    JOE SORREN
    by DCG ROME
    ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

    Joe Sorren was born in 1970 in Chicago and he grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona. He began painting in 1989 and, in 1993, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Northern Arizona University and worked as creative director for Transworld Snowboarding Magazine.

    After a long-term residency in New York City, Sorren spent a few years in Florence and in Barcelona, where he had the chance to absorb both Italian and Spanish art vibes.

    The artist’s poetic imagery, his fading landscapes, peculiar brushstrokes and unique codes, make him one of the leading figures on the scene of the American cultural avant-garde of Pop Surrealism of which he is a prime mover.

    Contemporary master of “emotion lighting”, Sorren paints with muted, but luminous, palette and golden-like oil colours that make the viewer feel transported into the realm of the canvas, a warm wool of soft textures. Sorren’s brushstrokes are like sunbeams that penetrate the foggy atmosphere of an ever-spring realm. His style is hyper-contemporary and hyper-impressionistic at the same time, a feature that characterises his signature touch of colour and makes his art widely recognisable worldwide.

    Sorren creates layer upon layer of texture with oil paint upon his canvas until creatures and sceneries somehow captured by extreme emotion emerge with impressionistic brushstrokes, as if from the deepest meanderings of the Artist’s imagination. Sorren’s inspiration for his paintings comes from human behaviours, classic moments that he turns into romantic, everlasting fractions of time. “Since painting is a physical record of movement in time”, Sorren affirms, “brushstrokes are not unlike the grooves on a vinyl record-capturing not just the colour and shape of a stroke, but the timbre; the energy and emotion experienced at the time it was painted”.

    Sorren allows his artworks to evolve sensitivity naturally and subconsciously. The process of study and realisation may take even years and each new layer of paint, reflects the subject’s spiritual metamorphosis into new beings. A figure may develop into a hill or in a landscape; or perhaps a tree may morph into a human being. Mysterious creatures enclosed in their inaccessible ocean and absorbed into their simultaneously melancholic and joyful state, populate Joe Sorren’s large size paintings, which examine the wonders of nature and of the human spirit.

    Always playing with new forms and palette, Sorren highlights the tender faces and gestures of his inimitable figures and generates his unique, living fairytales. By recording feelings of joy, he creates something like a sweet symphony coming out of our ordinary moments, which ultimately realises an idealistic freeze-frame belonging to modern life. Sorren’s emotional subjects are remarkably moving and able to step us back into the memorable and timeless serenity of childhood.

    His artworks have appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Time and Rolling Stone and he has worked with media companies such as Warner Bros, Fox, and NBC. During the last 15 years, he has shown his artworks in solo exhibitions in galleries and museums both in the United States and abroad. In 2010, Sorren was featured in the exhibitions “Art from the New World” at the Bristol City Museum, and “Pop Surrealism,” held at the Museum of Visual Arts Palazzo Collicola in Spoleto, Italy curated by Dorothy Circus Gallery during the “Festival dei Due Mondi”.

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    Beyond Pink: The Long Journey of Femininity from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-first Century
    by DCG ROME
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    Close your eyes and think of pink. What color do you see? Colors have a significant impact on our perception and mood. Each color has its own vibration and can evoke different emotions and sensations in each of us.

    Without a doubt, pink is one of the most loved colors, but also one of the richest and most controversial. It not only comes in dozens of shades but also carries profound meanings and is linked to various ideas and symbolism.

    Today, it is one of the trendiest colors in fashion, art, costumes, design, and architecture. For centuries, it was a "neutral" color, genderless, used by both men and women.

    In the last century, there has been an important shift that has associated pink with the female gender. But behind pink, there is a rich and varied world to discover.
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    Big Wide Googly Eyes: From Ancient Egypt to Contemporary Art
    by DCG ROME
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    Ever since the ancient times, the eyes have always been the most fascinating, special and evocative physical element for man.

    The eyes have inspired writers and artists of all times, we find them in the most ancient religions and cultures, with different characteristics, but always at the centre of human interest and study.
    The eyes are linked not only to thidea of sight, but also of sight beyond the sensible reality, of vision of the future, of another reality. In some religious and esoteric traditions we find the third eye, also called the 'inner eye', an organ that allows us to perceive realities invisible to the human eye. 

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    Fragrant Artistry: Ronquillo's Strokes Enchoing from 16th Century to Botero
    by DCG ROME
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    In the realm of art there is a rare alchemy: an interaction of traits and scents that transcends time. This alchemy finds its quintessence in the masterful works of Fatima Ronquillo, whose canvases resonate with a timeless fragrance, bridging the abyss of centuries. From the reigns of the great masters of the 16th century to the vivid brushstrokes of Botero, Ronquillo's artistry testifies to the enduring power of creativity. We embark here on a sensory journey, following the traces left by Ronquillo's strokes as they weave a narrative that unites epochs, artistic genres and souls. We will attempt here to tell of a world where art whispers secrets across the centuries, where each stroke is a step towards bringing us ever closer to the magical and romantic realm of Fatima Ronquillo's masterpieces.

     

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    Fur In Art | Discover How The Fascination For Bizarre And Peculiarity Inspired Art From Past To Present
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    LAVINIA FONTANA BREAKS THE MARKET WITH A NEW PORTRAIT OF ANTONIETTA GONSALVUS

     

     

     

    The incredible auction sale of an extraordinary work: 1.25 million euro was the result achieved by the 'Portrait of Antoinette Gonsalvus' painted by Lavinia Fontana.
    The work had been estimated at between EUR 80 and 120,000, but the price rose in a very short space of time, and was then sold for an exorbitant sum. The work was therefore sold to its new owner at a price of over EUR 1.5 million, including auction fees.
    The painting by Lavinia Fontana, dated around 1595, was virtually unknown, but we now know that it is far better than the one currently on display at the Blois Castle Museum.

    We cannot but be delighted with the result of such a unique work, and all the more so since it is the work of a female artist, one of the very few women who painted in that century.
    Lavinia Fontana in fact has a very special story. You may not know it, but this artist was the most important painter of the 16th century and one of the most famous portrait painters of her time.
    But that's not all!
    In fact, she had a truly incredible life in which she even managed to combine her career as an artist with her role as a woman and mother.

    But what is the origin of the interest in such a peculiar topic as that represented by Lavinia Fontana?
    We are faced with a subject that may intrigue many, for different reasons.
    The protagonist of the canvas is Antoinette, nicknamed Tognina, a little girl who had inherited hypertrichosis (a condition that increases the amount of hair on the body) from her father Pietro, who grew up at the court of Henry II of France. After the death of Catherine de Medici, the Gonsalvus family had lost their former protectors and found themselves forced to wander around Italy, eventually entering the orbit of Ranuccio Farnese, Duke of Parma. Tognina was offered to Isabella Pallavicina, Marquise of Soragna.

    Her family's is the oldest described case of hypertrichosis in Europe, and it seems that her father's marriage to Catherine Raffelin inspired the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.

    Very little is known about Tognina's life, so that even her dates of birth and death are unclear, but her face has been depicted in a good number of paintings and prints.

     

     

     

     

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    Beauty, Strength, Freedom In Sajedi's Women: The Roots Of Self-Affirmation From Marie Antoniette To The Contemporary Revolution
    by DCG ROME
    An Iranian artist, deeply connected to the Renaissance art through an unbreakable love, a creator of works with a strong and determined character, vivid colors, and enchanting, astonishing representations.
    A woman who paved her way in a challenging world and found a means to express herself and give voice to her ideas and ideals through works of unquestionable, albeit unique, beauty: Afarin Sajedi.

    Sajedi, the Iranian artist who places women discussing inner strength and suffering at the core of her work, will be the protagonist of the upcoming exhibition at the Dorothy Circus Gallery in Rome. Her solo exhibition will pay tribute not only to the opulence of the Renaissance but also to Rococoart. The artist, who now resides in Paris, has embraced the French atmosphere and reinterpreted the figure of Marie Antoinette in a highly personal and contemporary manner.
     
     
    Bon Appétite Madame & Bon Appétit Duncan by Afarin Sajedi, 2023 
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    ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
    Born in Pescara Italy in 1979 Francesco Camillo Giorgino, aka Millo, is an Italian street artist whose mural works appear all over the world’s cityscapes. Millo’s large-scale murals depict friendly giant inhabitants in the act of exploring their urban setting. The Artist suspended universes are characterized by black and white landscapes saturated with details and hidden life. Illusionism and introspection are some of Millo’s art's main components. The spectator feels completely absorbed by the extension of fictional cities and gets lost in their streets leading to a nowhere based metaverse like reality representative of ancestral memories. The unknown chaos generated by the Artist’s visionary mind leads us toward a central point in the canvas where a familiar scene appears reassuring and comforting. Painted with an elaborate illustrative technique on large size canvases, Millo’s artworks are like open doors to the human mind. Reflecting our most intimate sensations such as Love, Hope, Strength, Loneliness, and Fear hence the protagonists of Millo’s narratives are often a couple sharing a moment of tenderness calling our attention to stop the frenetic stream of time and carry us back to the simplicity of human feelings. In a meticulously calculated balance between maximalism and minimalism, Millo generates a visionary code which stands as completely unique both in the street art movement and the neo-surrealist scene.
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    ALEX FACE
    by DCG ROME
    ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
    Alex Face  is born in 1981 in Chachoengsao, Thailand. He lives and works in Bangkok 

    Alex Face (Patcharapon Tangruen) is a Thai graffiti artist who expresses himself across street art, painting and enormous sculptures of bronze. His Street Art established itself in Thailand, subsequently achieving success in overseas cities thanks to the recognisable iconography with which the artist provokes the city's inhabitants through interventions in public spaces to reflect on contemporary social issues. His significant fame came in 2009 when he became a father, concerned about the becoming world in which his daughter lived when Alex introduced the main character of his works: a three-eyed child dressed in a ragged rabbit suit, inspired by his daughter, Mardi, who has sometimes her eyes closed and gives passerby a sense of weary vulnerability and wry look. 

     

     
     
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    Hop On the Train of Wonder with Kazuki Takamatsu
    by DCG ROME
    ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

    Kazuki Takamatsu was born in Sendai, Japan in 1978. He attended the Department of Oil Painting at Tohoku University of Art & Design, where graduated in 2001.

    Takamatsu’s depth-mapping technique and his intimate language are inspired by Japanese Manga girls. His works are as unique as painstakingly intricate, fusing classic drawing, airbrush and gouache painting with computer graphics. His Lolita's emerge from the dark abyss, and take shape in a series of coloured layers to review a mystic light and the traditional symbology through the highly detailed decorations of Japanese traditional symbols. Through his paintings you can catch a glimpse of the conversation between the realistic human feelings and emotions, and the unrealistic expectations that us human beings have of each other.

    You can find a reflection of yourself in the current state of the world, Takamatsu combines classical approaches such as drawing, airbrush and gouache with computer graphics. In his paintings he artistically documents the feelings and emotions of the human being, thereby reflecting the state of our culture. Within his most popular black and white series , the artist through the dissolution of light and shadow, refers to the battle between good and evil, the renunciation of colors means to amplify the opposites and enhance the lightness of the soul standing out against the absence of light. In the artist most recent and exclusive series we find two colors Red and Blu, both these colored series are born after a profound and careful choice that aims to share the deepest symbolism of the color as elements and message to unravel in his pictorial narratives. The red is in fact associated to birth, fire and energy of creation.
    The Blue takes inspiration from both the discovery and wide use of this color pigment back in mid 19th century by the impressionist artists. The Blue resonates with the Spirituality, the introspection, the ocean and the power of nature.
    Takamatsu exhibits his work internationally and with Dorothy Circus Gallery since 2013.

     
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    A Message of Serenity and Peace - Interview with Japanese Artist Yokoteen
    by DCG ROME
    ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
    Born in Sakaide City, Kagawa Prefecture, in Japan, Yokoteen is a self-taught oil painter with impressive technical skill. His Artworks became renowned worldwide with the Series of works called Friends in Paradise. This Series reflects the Artist’s core aim to send messages of serenity, peace and happiness which are all sentiments to be found in the simplicity of human life and through pure values like friendship and solidarity.
    Yokoteen's signature character is often depicted surfing, surrounded by Hawaiian landscapes filled with aquamarine shades of fresh transparent water. With these joyful images the Artist invites us to unwind, enjoy life and the beauty within.
    The Artist uses the Water element to unite us all, making its ancient presence known via its psychological power that comes with it. The connection between water, life, birth and rebirth all contribute to a spiritual symbology.
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    Samson Bakare (b.1993) is a Nigerian artist of multiple disciplines that graduated from the school of Art, Yaba College of Technology.
    Bakare’s art is deeply inspired by his father, an architect in the city of Lagos who was responsible of encouraging his son since a young age to pursue his creative journey.
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    Insight into Grace Eunshin Kim: In Search of Happiness
    by DCG ROME
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    Grace Eunshin Kim's art is a dynamic and playful exploration of contemporary society through a masterful interplay of references to the great works of art history. 
    Born in Seoul and based in Canada, Grace Eunshin Kim transports us into a static yet historical dimension.
    Her paintings, illuminated by a vibrant palette, exude an exuberant plastic force and convey a sense of tension towards equilibrium, in constant reference to the mysterious code of the Italian Renaissance. Through an innovative combination of  hues, the artist’s playful scenarios are pervaded by deep sense of surreality. 
     
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    THEME OF THE DOUBLE: PAST AND PRESENT
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    In a link between art and psychoanalysis, the double is presented as the theme of a cultured painting, with references to the mysterious code of the Italian Renaissance. The works of Wang and Eunshin Kim make us feel poised as we walk through a passage that opens onto the abyss of the mind, where reason and imagination come together in a dance of opposite twins. 
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    Mark Ryden Signed Barbie: An Insight Into His New Collaboration with Mattel Creation
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    Mark Ryden is undoubtedly an unprecedented artist who, from the beginning of his career, has made us dream and has seduced us with his works characterized by bright palettes and stunning technique. 
     
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    Juli About: The porcelain speaks of what we are made of: Presence
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    Kathie Olivas
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    Clémentine de Chabaneix
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  • MEET & GREET

    Meet the Artist: Jana Brike Dorothy Circus Gallery Rome
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    MEET & GREET

    On the occasion of the beginning of the 15th year from its foundation Dorothy Circus Gallery Rome is extremely proud to present for the first time in its own space  a solo exhibition by the contemporary painter Jana Brike titled Forever and A Day.

    As a women founded and run industry Dorothy Circus has always spread social values and stood for the bold, the  impact and the change. 

    Jana Brike’s Art is dearly rooted in the gallery core concept which has always directed its efforts towards curating exhibitions that focused on the return of the female narratives in Art, with particular attention to women artists bringing the public attention to the female voice as the narrator and the connector of humanity. Sensitive topics of feminism, gender equality and women's rights have been emphasised through the gallery’s curatorial programme, which also recently dedicated particular attention to maternal relations and female iconography in the art world with the major collective exhibition ‘Mother and Child’ held both in Rome and London also featuring Jana Brike’s painting “the Peaceful Warrior”.

     

     

    The event is strictly RSVP and limited capacity, so reserve your ticket now. Don’t miss it!

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    About the artist

     

    Born in Soviet-occupied Latvia in 1980, Jana Brike is a figurative painter creating extraordinary whimsical scenarios  through which we glimpse into an intimate world of what she describes as a ‘poetic visual autobiography’. Common to all of her works is the wondrous and regenerative presence of nature, especially the archetype of water that together with other elements composes an intuitive and personal symbolism through which the artist engages with themes of exploration, growth, innocence, curiosity, transcendence and love.

     

     

    Her detailed dreamscapes show human figures, often adolescent females, in playful and unselfconscious discovery of the world around them. There is often a juxtaposition of harshness with softness in her paintings, with figures showing bloody scratches, incisions or redness on their skin and surrounded by butterflies or flowers. Vulnerability and intimacy is also an important characteristic of Brike’s work. Nakedness and nature often go together in her paintings, and Brike has described the human body as ‘vulnerability in its nakedness’.

    The frequently portrayed adolescent girls, sometimes depicted in scenes of erotic exploration are metaphors for the continual discovery of ourselves and represent the growth we all do throughout our lives no matter what our biological age or gender. 

    Her works in this way act as a paean to free-spirited femininity, a celebration of Earth and nature, and freedom from oppression.

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    The Art of Jana Brike
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    ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

    The main focus of Jana Brike's art is the internal space and state of a human soul - dreams, longing, love, pain, the vast range of emotions that human condition offers and the transcendence of them all, the growing up and self-discovery...

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    Art-wear: The Renaissance Times of Textile Art
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    These are renaissance times in thread-based art, as every day more textiles go to another level and are affirming in the vocabulary of modern art, by developing methods of making artistic, creative and beautiful pieces. 

     

     

    With the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s, textiles took its own revolution rising as Fibre art simultaneously with Feminist art and finally shook off the label of “craft” imposed by snobbery of the art lobbies  Textile art was becoming at the same time both a  conceptual and a political communication tool  initiating a new life beyond the kitchen walls.

     

    One of the most important and influential example of Master in the Textile is contemporary Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota, whose works explore the human existence across different dimensions by creating large scale thread installations. 

     

     

    Now Berlin-based, Chiharu Shiota is known worldwide for her elaborate entangled labyrinths installations that conveys textiles into a surreal wave of performance arts embedding into blood-red, black or white threads, objects of personal significance such as clothes, keys, boats, suitcases, and even herself appearing almost like humans could weave webs. 

     

    ‘The single line of thread is like a line in a painting. With the thread, I am drawing in the air, in an unlimited space. With the material, I can create new spaces. They might be deconstructed after the exhibition, but they will live in the memory of the visitors forever.’ (Chiharu Shiota for Wall Paper Magazine)

     

    For the sense of touch, our Six Senses Concept Store, recently presented the gorgeous artworks by Flavia Itibere and are now proud to announce the new collaboration with the hand-made kimonos by Ikkimo. 

     

     

    Flávia Itiberê born in Curitiba, Brazil is a textile artist, wife of the painter Rafael Silveira. As wife of the painter Rafael Silveira, Flavia's early fashion life coexisted intensely with the art world, specially the creative process involved in create artworks and exhibitions. Year after year increasingly affected by her thoughts about the disposable aspect of the fashion industry she become inspired to move on the opposite direction, from the perishable to the permanent and started to create pieces of art in collaboration with Silveira.

     

    From small intricate hand made embroideryes to large textile installations, Flavia Itibere artworks took place at major institutions in Brazil like the Oscar Niemeyer Museum and are part of important art collections in America, Europe and Asia. With four hands, they transform embroidery into paintings and installations that place the female figure as the center of their narratives. Each work has its own story and meaning. Flavia Itibere art converses with the spectator in the oneiric field, in the intimacy of thoughts, in the deepest origin of mental choices that precede external attitudes.

     

     

     

    From  Contemporary Art to Fashion Textile is blooming with creativity and thanks to the thoughtful research on sustainability carried on by independent brands it has become a status/statement that represents and tells who we are and what we stand for. 

     

    iKKimO’s brand was born out of the admiration of the ‘know-how’ of artisans across the world. We live today in an extraordinary consumer society where everything looks alike, accumulates, is thrown away, becoming too quickly “has been”. We no longer know where and how, what we eat, drink and wear is produced.

     

     

     

    iKKim’O is timeless, authentic, conscious, different. It is a small production brand that goes back to the roots of “Less is more” and “Buy quality, not quantity”. Everything is made locally, the production chain is short, but the process remains long and slow, hence the use of the term “slow fashion”, literally and figuratively. iKKim’O collaborates with several artisans predominately based in Indonesia and South-East Asia with whom it develops an effective work-flow and exchange.

     

     

    Each piece produced is unique and traditionally hand woven with natural new and recycled fabrics from cotton to cashmere. The patterns and materials differ in accordance with their provenance, reflecting the origin or the culture of the people, of the artisan who wove them. Most importantly, this craft preserves the know-how of the ethnic minorities from which they come from. Ever fewer, they dedicate their lives to it. They spend days, weeks, sometimes months making just one piece of clothing.

     

     

     

    The one of a kind Art to Wear magistrally executed by IKKIM’O group of Indonesian artists is a trend which echos align with many other contemporary Artist’s research in textile art. Recently the spanish street artist OKUDA San Miguel experimented to create a giant tapestry with the help of his mother and sister and the celebrated master of Pop Surrealism Gary Baseman has been commissioned by Coach’s creative director Stuart Vevers and head of Ready to Wear Keith Warren to use one of his most representative character to become a sweater.

     

     

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    THE PROPAGANDA MUSEUM - Curated by Myroslava Hartmond for Dorothy Circus Gallery - in support of Ukrainian Emergency
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  • SIX SENSES EVENT

    Are you ready to indulge in the Six Senses Experience?
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    Images representing the Six Senses Concept Store at Dorothy Circus Gallery. One image is of Alessandra Montesi holding one of her artworks which is a hear shaped lover eye. Next to it there is an image of Secret Jolly a perfume by Oriza L.Legrand. On the
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    Levalet : "Ulysses comes to London"
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    Collage murales di Levalet
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    How Velázquez inspired contemporary artist Afarin Sajedi
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    Princesse by Afarin Sajedi
    Princesse by Afarin Sajedi
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    Levalet's collaboration with the sportswear brand Umbro
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    Levalet for Umbro
    Levalet for Umbro
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    THE COLOUR OF SOUND
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    Roy Lichtenstein

    One of the most overlooked but powerful senses is hearing, as it is the only one of the five senses that cannot be perceived directly. Although they are often overlooked, hearing and sound are essential elements of the visual arts. Sounds can create moods that evoke or lend meaning to visual images. They can change the way we see things. 

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    OKUDA SAN MIGUEL
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    Portrait picture of the artist Okuda San Miguel

    Okuda San Miguel is a contemporary Spanish painter and sculpture whose distinctive colourful and geometrical style has gained him international recognition.

  • CABINET OF CURIOSITIES

    FEELINGS THROUGH TIME: CONTEMPORARY ARTWORKS THAT REVISIT CLASSIC MOTIFS
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    CABINET OF CURIOSITIES

    Throughout the centuries, Art has provided us with the most comprehensive and intricate vision of our human psyche and history. We look at ourselves either with open eyes or closed eyes, aiming to tell our story, evolving between past and future, remaining true to ourselves and bringing to the light a circular story as a timeless travel.

  • ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

    Andrew Hem
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    Artwork by Andrew Hem

    Andrew Hem was born during his parents’ getaway from Cambodia in the wake of the Khmer Rouge genocide, the brutal regime that ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979, claiming the lives of millions of people.

     

    Raised in Los Angeles, Hem developed his artistic imagery between the culture of the rural animistic society of his Khmer ancestors and the dynamic urban art of the tough LA neighbourhood where his family settled. 

     

    Fascinated by the Graffiti art movement from a young age, he honed his graphic, figurative and compositional skills on the walls of LA, before the walls of the city before following a passion for figure drawing to a degree in illustration from the Art Center College of Design, where he received a BFA in 2006.