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  • Art. painting. For Example: daniel hampson

    25.10.2012

    daniel hampson

    painting

    “My paintings take, as their subject matter, famous explorers from throughout history, such as Captain Cook, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Dr. Livingstone. These paintings are based on collages made from kitsch, illustrational images of explorer's and parts of art reproductions from throughout history. Collage has allowed me to create my own dramatic scenes made from a mixture of imagery from different times and different places. The paintings themselves reflect their roots in collage through fragmentary surface and different types of paint handling.

    Treating this subject with humor and reflecting the distance between them and us I have approached famous explorer's in their mythologized form and as material to feed the imagination. The scenes in these paintings include great Native American chiefs, clown like Elizabethans, sheep and sleeping old men, fever ridden missionaries, drunks and devils and gossiping tea drinkers, who exchange glances across pastoral country estates and wall paper like jungles.

    Famous explorers such as Cook or Livingstone seem to mean very different things to different people. As figures that were on a huge ego trip, as scientists, as people who display an idea of bravery or virility, or as imperial aggressor’s, as people who simply wanted to see things that no one from their own country had seen before. I think in many ways they represent an idea of going forward and of progress, we might therefore, from a modern perspective see them as knowing or unknowing ambassadors for the destruction of the environment and of non-European cultures. They also seem to connote ideas of masculinity, identity, theatricality and camp that exists in various guises throughout the media and modern culture, in advertising or sketch shows for example. My paintings aim to create on going open narratives that allow dialogues about these issues.”

    danielhampsonart.blogspot.co.uk
  • Art. painting. For Example: daniel hampson

    25.10.2012

    daniel hampson

    painting

    “My paintings take, as their subject matter, famous explorers from throughout history, such as Captain Cook, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Dr. Livingstone. These paintings are based on collages made from kitsch, illustrational images of explorer's and parts of art reproductions from throughout history. Collage has allowed me to create my own dramatic scenes made from a mixture of imagery from different times and different places. The paintings themselves reflect their roots in collage through fragmentary surface and different types of paint handling.

    Treating this subject with humor and reflecting the distance between them and us I have approached famous explorer's in their mythologized form and as material to feed the imagination. The scenes in these paintings include great Native American chiefs, clown like Elizabethans, sheep and sleeping old men, fever ridden missionaries, drunks and devils and gossiping tea drinkers, who exchange glances across pastoral country estates and wall paper like jungles.

    Famous explorers such as Cook or Livingstone seem to mean very different things to different people. As figures that were on a huge ego trip, as scientists, as people who display an idea of bravery or virility, or as imperial aggressor’s, as people who simply wanted to see things that no one from their own country had seen before. I think in many ways they represent an idea of going forward and of progress, we might therefore, from a modern perspective see them as knowing or unknowing ambassadors for the destruction of the environment and of non-European cultures. They also seem to connote ideas of masculinity, identity, theatricality and camp that exists in various guises throughout the media and modern culture, in advertising or sketch shows for example. My paintings aim to create on going open narratives that allow dialogues about these issues.”

    danielhampsonart.blogspot.co.uk
  • Art. painting. For Example: daniel hampson

    25.10.2012

    daniel hampson

    painting

    “My paintings take, as their subject matter, famous explorers from throughout history, such as Captain Cook, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Dr. Livingstone. These paintings are based on collages made from kitsch, illustrational images of explorer's and parts of art reproductions from throughout history. Collage has allowed me to create my own dramatic scenes made from a mixture of imagery from different times and different places. The paintings themselves reflect their roots in collage through fragmentary surface and different types of paint handling.

    Treating this subject with humor and reflecting the distance between them and us I have approached famous explorer's in their mythologized form and as material to feed the imagination. The scenes in these paintings include great Native American chiefs, clown like Elizabethans, sheep and sleeping old men, fever ridden missionaries, drunks and devils and gossiping tea drinkers, who exchange glances across pastoral country estates and wall paper like jungles.

    Famous explorers such as Cook or Livingstone seem to mean very different things to different people. As figures that were on a huge ego trip, as scientists, as people who display an idea of bravery or virility, or as imperial aggressor’s, as people who simply wanted to see things that no one from their own country had seen before. I think in many ways they represent an idea of going forward and of progress, we might therefore, from a modern perspective see them as knowing or unknowing ambassadors for the destruction of the environment and of non-European cultures. They also seem to connote ideas of masculinity, identity, theatricality and camp that exists in various guises throughout the media and modern culture, in advertising or sketch shows for example. My paintings aim to create on going open narratives that allow dialogues about these issues.”

    danielhampsonart.blogspot.co.uk
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