Athen B.Gallery is proud to announce,“Opus Die”,a solo exhibition by SanFrancisco artist, Beau Adams. Adams creates richly textured oil paintings on canvas and finely detailed watercolor works on paper with gold leaf applique. In a style inspired by classical pietas and Byzantine era icon paintings, the works introduce modern symbolism and ideologies. Beau creates images of holy men with patterned vestments and Russian gang tattoos, vivid and energetic oil paintings borrowing from classical composition that highlight a violence intertwined with religion throughout history. “OpusDie” is a play on the name of a religious sect Opus Dei, meaning “Work of God.” The exhibition opens on February 13th in Downtown Oakland with us at Athen B. Gallery.
French artist Travis Durden draws much of his inspiration for both his work and personal life through film. His pen name itself is based on two cult classic films and is actually not his government birth name. But in regards to his artistic practice, the French sculptor draws upon some of the world’s greatest films for inspiration. In a series based on Star Wars, Durden created classical styled marble sculptures featuring our favourite characters from the Lucas Film masterpiece.
A multi-disciplinary artist, Beau Stanton’s work takes the form of paintings, murals, large scale installations, stained glass, and multimedia animations. Focusing on meticulous technique and craft, Stanton’s work is heavily informed by historic ornamentation, religious iconography, and classical painting. A keen interest in iconic visual symbols and Jungian archetypes often provides the foundation for his images.
Multidisciplinary artist Casper Braat has recently takes a stab at the world’s largest fast food chain, McDonald’s, by going further than just to create work about it – he makes it a religion (“McJezus“).
Braat mass crafted paraphernalia incorporating McDonald’s goods such as spoons and fry holders to be purchased at a highly marked up cost as it could now be considered “iconography.”
Swedish artist Stefan Siverud, decorates the shells of snails with colorful, eye-catching designs of brand logos and pop iconography in his ongoing project entitled “Snailpimp.” Using non toxic paints and skilled techniques, Siverud brilliantly executes any image he’s trying to create.