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The exhibition by Brasilian artist Antonio Breves open now at Pure Evil Gallery in London features 8 artworks inspired by the landscapes, legends, contours and landmarks of Rio de Janeiro.
You are invited to an evening event with Antonio Breves on the 30th of July 6-9pm.
These works made with the techniques of screeprint, painting and prints on paper and canvas are part of the series Tatuagem Carioca [Carioca Tattoo] which also comprises hand-painted metal plates and advertising signs on the city’s utility posts, to which successive layers of paper posters were pasted for over 40 years, eventually forming a thick, layered mass. The artist’s choice of material aims to emphasize the advertising displayed along the streets over the years, while commenting on the interventions that have forged the scenario, the geography, the legends and the character of the city in a contrastive urban tattoo.
Based on this anthropologic perspective, Breves deconstructs the advertising, overlaying signs of the city and of its identity to the images, scratches and wear produced by time and human manipulation.
In the painting Gávea Digital [Gávea Fingerprint], the artist places his fingerprint on the monumental face of a Phoenician king, which according to legend is sculpted into the rock outcropping called Pedra da Gávea. In the artwork Tatuagem Carioca, Rio de Janeiro’s emblematic image, Christ the Redeemer statue, is overlain on an advertising plate bearing the icon of a soft-drink brand.
By way of his imagetic collages, Breves sheds light on aspects of the city’s inhabitants, their habits, their legends and beliefs, in a ceaseless search to represent the city’s urban culture.
72 × 120 cm Impressão sobre lona e papel £2000 SOLD
Celacanto Provoca Maremoto
72 × 120 cm Impressão sobre lona e papel Acquired by the V&A
The title means ‘Colacanth provokes tsunami’ and makes reference to what became an urban legend from the late 1970s in the City of Rio de Janeiro. This was a sentence writen all over town,later crossing borders reaching the United States and Europe. In the work you will be able to see the big fish which is a Brasilian version of Loch Ness Monster Story.
67 cm X 43.5 cm Gravura Série Limitada 1/50 £220 £440 Framed
Céu de Asfalto
61.5 cm X 63 cm Gravura Série Limitada 1/50 £220 £440 Framed
92 cm X 56 cm Gravura Série Limitada 1/50 £220 £440 Framed
75 cm X 53.5 cm Gravura Série Limitada 1/50 £220 £440 Framed
93 cm X 54 cm Gravura Série Limitada 1/50 £220 £440 Framed
87 cm X 60 cm Gravura Série Limitada 1/50 £220 £440 Framed