Dance Boldly Through The Storm – A solo show by contemporary urban artist Eelus
Lawrence Alkin Gallery, 42 New Compton Street, London WC2H
Running from October 12 – 28
Open Monday – Saturday from 11am–7pm or by appointment
Playing with light and dark and the humorous with the macabre, the show highlights the importance of remaining positive despite the turbulent nature of modern times. Seeking to evoke familiar discomfort within all of us, ‘Dance Boldly Through The Storm’ explores the beautiful and often caustic realities of the world.
Eelus mixes humour with the macabre, light with dark and bright bursts of colour against grey skies. The regular juxtapositioning in his work highlights the paradox of day-to-day life and carries subtle political and social messages.
While retaining his favoured monochromatic palette ignited with pops of vivid colour, Eelus expands his methodology in this latest body of work. The show will feature spray paint on canvas, multi-layered wood and paper and his first-ever 3D sculptural pieces.
Dance Boldly Through The Storm features a new 3D sculptural bronze series – a first for Eelus who is best known for his stencil art and screen prints. The series includes a piece that has been cast from a real 12 month old human skull.
Also in the series of sculptures is ‘A History Of Nonsense’, a specially sculpted bust of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and the arts. Cast in bonded bronze and aged to look like an authentic bronze Roman bust, her head has been cracked open to reveal a tangled mess of wool. The playful Dada-esque piece suggests the story of human history is, to a large degree, fabricated.
Evolving from street and stencil art, Eelus sees the canvas as place to explore darker themes, unshared through his previous street and community pieces. He comments: “I’m quite conscious about the work I paint outside as it becomes part of the lives of the people who live in and around that community. When it comes to the pieces I create in the studio, I know I have more freedom to make darker works that reflect that part of my personality.”
The show title emulates the importance of pausing to reflect on the turbulent nature of modern times. Eelus explains: “It’s impossible not to get caught up in the madness of technology and insane decisions of the people at the top as they try and pull the wool over our eyes, making us lose site of what’s really important. What else can we do but keep our heads up, our eyes open and dance boldly through the storm.”