The Cat Street Gallery is delighted to present the Adam Bricusse second solo exhibition in Hong Kong. The show titled SACRED will be comprised of eight artworks featuring the scarab bug. Inspired by multi-layered themes, and with characters picked from the classical and contemporary culture, Adam Bricusse’s exhibition SACRED will definitely turn heads even of the people who are terrified of bugs. All of the works presented are unique, six of them are oil on canvas scarabs and two are the amazing Bricusse’s neon works. Anything that is colored this beautifully cannot be scary, right? The scarabs may make one feel uneasy when seen in nature, but with Adam Bricusse’s masterful imagery involved, it is impossible not to at least give them another chance, if not change one’s opinion on them completely.
Why did the artist decide to depict these tiny little creatures? Bugs may not be the most attractive or most loved beings on planet Earth, but that did not stop them from being a continuous source of inspiration for the artists over the course of history. In Ancient Egypt, the scarab beetle was a sacred animal worshiped by many. Even Charles Darwin said, in his book On the Origin of Species in 1859, that the Scarabaeus sacer was the sacred beetle of the Egyptians. The little bug was a symbol of Khepri, the morning manifestation of Ra, the god of the sun. They also connected the beetle to the god Atum, who was capable of bearing children on his own, and who has created himself. So it is no wonder that these creatures found their way into the contemporary art world and this Adam Bricusse exhibition.
Adam Bricusse’s oeuvre can be described as a perpetual battle between love and destruction, violence and passion, cultural diversity and the mixture of eclectic imagery. Having painted a number of microscopically enlarged subjects, Bricusse has developed a certain symbol of his work, embodied in our star of the day – the scarab. After butterflies and blood corpuscles, dragonflies and pupae, he began to depict the Sacred Scarab and become more and more affiliated with the image of the beetle. To the artist, the scarab holds a great enigma and meaning and opens the mind towards a different atmosphere and the mysteries of cosmos. The ancient symbols that the scarabs are and their eternal beauty for the artist provides the being that symbolized immortality and eternity.
Adam Bricusse’s exhibition SACRED will be shown at The Cat Street Gallery at their newest location at 50 Tung Street in Hong Kong. The opening reception for the beetle show is scheduled for Thursday, May 5th, from 6 PM to 8 PM, where cocktails and canapés will be served. The exhibition will be on view from May 5th to June 18th, 2016. Adam Bricusse is a London-born artist who grew up on two continents, between France, Britain, and the United States. His works have been exhibited internationally, and he currently resides and operates between studios in France and London. So, if you love scarabs or if you are scared, if you love neon or if you love oil, but most importantly, if you want to see something new and exciting, but at the same time traditional and ancient, make sure you find time to visit this exhibition. We are sure you will enjoy it.
All images courtesy of The Cat Street Gallery.
Featured images: Adam Bricusse - AMETHYST, 2015, detail | Adam Bricusse - Emerald, 2016
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