Drawing inspiration from pop culture film, design, and art history, Eelus’ prints and new paintings, are a continuation of artist’s interest into the opposing forces of the humorous and horrific, and his use of vivid colors contrasted with stark gray tones. The new body of work, created for the occasion of his solo exhibition The Darkside of the Rainbow at the Spoke Art gallery in San Francisco, exhibits the artist’s skillful use of the traditional printing technique and original paintings on canvas, which produce masterful examples of Eelus’ ongoing visual sensibility focused on presenting to us the joy and optimism that the artist continues to find in the world.
The work of the UK-based artist Eelus revels in dark humor and detailed, textured figures of melancholic women, which seem entwined in the network of rainbow colored threads suggesting the entanglement and necessity of light and dark. The figures represent all of us and stand as symbols of the necessity that life should be felt and experienced to the fullest, calling for the realization that a potential for color within the gray world always exists. Utilizing romantic art history references, classical themes and archetypes such as saints, gods, and goddesses, along with the citation of the dark and fantastic vision of the famous writers Aubrey Beardsley and William Blake, the complex visual language of the artist is layered with these historical elements and is balanced with the use of the contemporary color palette influenced by digital aesthetics and graphic work.
The limited-edition screen prints and original paintings on canvas featured in The Darkside of the Rainbow utilize the traditional printing technique and the heritage of the one color stencils of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Hush, and many more. With a decade long career behind him, Eelus has worked across a wide range of mediums, and his numerous large-scale mural paintings, extensive exhibitions, and projects include Santa’s Ghetto, London, Wide Open Walls in Gamba, and Blackbook Gallery in the US. With ease the artist shifts between the different scale of his work and techniques, understanding the richness of the diversity that mural painting and silkscreen printing have to offer.
Spoke Art Gallery is proud to present Eelus’ highly anticipated solo exhibition The Darkside of the Rainbow offering its public beautiful and sometimes sarcastic realities of our world. The necessity of the opposite forces, of the light and dark, is suggested and explored in the new body of works employing stencil, hand painting, and screen-printing techniques. Opening Thursday, June 30th, with an opening night reception from 6pm-10pm, the exhibition will be on view through Saturday, July 23rd. In addition to the mentioned works, Eelus will also create a large-scale mural on the corner of 6th and Howard in conjunction with local gallery 1AM making this event a necessary stop if you are in San Francisco.
All images courtesy of Spoke Art Gallery. Featured image in slider: Eelus - The Taming Of A Wild Mind, detail.
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