Polychromatic

1 July - 1 August 2021
Overview

Drawing on the theoretical framework of Surrealism and seminal psychoanalytic studies, this exhibition aims to engage viewers with the subconscious perceptions of the self through artworks that utilise colour to reveal emotion and expressivity.

Daniel Raphael Gallery is delighted to present Polychromatic curated by Tima Jam, a group exhibition of five internationally acclaimed artists from Iran, Nigeria, Turkey and Mexico. Each artist explores notions of identity and the self through their own inventive use of colour.

 

The concept of identity and perception of the self is perhaps now more pertinent than ever. Throughout art history, colour has been used in artworks to help create a sense of identity, by conveying intangible concepts such as emotions, dreams and mental states. Drawing on the theoretical framework of Surrealism and seminal psychoanalytic studies, this exhibition aims to engage viewers with the subconscious perceptions of the self through artworks that utilise colour to reveal emotion and expressivity.

 

Colour psychology is defined as the "study of hues as a determinant of human behavior". Artists can intentionally use colours to portray their own emotions, and bring about certain emotions within the viewer. In these circumstances, colour is used to build identity. This exhibition will therefore focus on paintings that, filled with rhythm and colour, take the viewer on a journey into the artists' perception of the self. The juxtaposition of colours, shapes and brushstrokes all form an aesthetic foundation on which to explore notions of identity - from the perspective of both the artist, and audience.

Works
  • Salman Khoshroo SP20-03, 2021 Silicone on wood panel 20 x 20 cm
    Salman Khoshroo
    SP20-03, 2021
    Silicone on wood panel
    20 x 20 cm
    £ 1,700.00
  • Salman Khoshroo SP20-16, 2021 Silicone on wood panel 20 x 20 cm
    Salman Khoshroo
    SP20-16, 2021
    Silicone on wood panel
    20 x 20 cm
    £ 1,700.00
  • Salman Khoshroo SP20-20, 2021 Silicone on wood panel 20 x 20 cm
    Salman Khoshroo
    SP20-20, 2021
    Silicone on wood panel
    20 x 20 cm
    £ 1,700.00
  • Salman Khoshroo UNICD20-04, 2021 Oil on wood panel with white frame 20 x 20 cm
    Salman Khoshroo
    UNICD20-04, 2021
    Oil on wood panel with white frame
    20 x 20 cm
    £ 2,000.00
  • Salman Khoshroo UNICD20-11, 2021 Oil on wood panel with white frame 20 x 20 cm
    Salman Khoshroo
    UNICD20-11, 2021
    Oil on wood panel with white frame
    20 x 20 cm
    £ 2,000.00
  • Salman Khoshroo WOFB24-04, 2021 Wool on fabric on panel in plexicase 24 x 24 cm
    Salman Khoshroo
    WOFB24-04, 2021
    Wool on fabric on panel in plexicase
    24 x 24 cm
  • Salman Khoshroo WOFB24-25, 2021 Wool on fabric on panel in plexicase 24 x 24 cm
    Salman Khoshroo
    WOFB24-25, 2021
    Wool on fabric on panel in plexicase
    24 x 24 cm
    £ 2,000.00
  • Milad Mousavi Canto 34, 2021 Oil on canvas 46 x 62 cm
    Milad Mousavi
    Canto 34, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    46 x 62 cm
    £ 865.00
  • Milad Mousavi Death and The Red Dog, 2020 Acrylic on canvas panel 19.8 x 19.8 cm
    Milad Mousavi
    Death and The Red Dog, 2020
    Acrylic on canvas panel
    19.8 x 19.8 cm
    £ 270.00
  • Milad Mousavi Philosophers, 2021 Colour pencil on paper 17 x 12 cm
    Milad Mousavi
    Philosophers, 2021
    Colour pencil on paper
    17 x 12 cm
    £ 220.00
  • Milad Mousavi Self Portrait 2, 2021 Oil on canvas 42 x 32 cm
    Milad Mousavi
    Self Portrait 2, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    42 x 32 cm
    £ 540.00
  • Milad Mousavi The Artist Has Died, 2021 Oil on canvas 40 x 70 cm
    Milad Mousavi
    The Artist Has Died, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    40 x 70 cm
    £ 865.00
  • Milad Mousavi The Queen, 2021 Oil on canvas 69 x 46 cm
    Milad Mousavi
    The Queen, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    69 x 46 cm
    £ 970.00
  • Milad Mousavi What do you think Mother, 2021 Oil on canvas 39 x 42 cm
    Milad Mousavi
    What do you think Mother, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    39 x 42 cm
    £ 650.00
  • Olamide Ogunade Ferocity, 2020 Acrylic and charcoal on cardboard 76.2 x 60.96 cm
    Olamide Ogunade
    Ferocity, 2020
    Acrylic and charcoal on cardboard
    76.2 x 60.96 cm
    £ 3,250.00
  • Olamide Ogunade Golden Opportunity, 2021 Acrylic and charcoal on canvas 91 x 91 cm
    Olamide Ogunade
    Golden Opportunity, 2021
    Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
    91 x 91 cm
    £ 4,650.00
  • Olamide Ogunade Neon Brothers, 2021 Acrylic and charcoal on canvas 91 x 121.92 cm
    Olamide Ogunade
    Neon Brothers, 2021
    Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
    91 x 121.92 cm
  • Olamide Ogunade Secret Admirer, 2021 Acrylic and charcoal on canvas 76.2 x 76.2 cm
    Olamide Ogunade
    Secret Admirer, 2021
    Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
    76.2 x 76.2 cm
  • Olamide Ogunade Sisi Eko, 2021 Acrylic and charcoal on canvas 91 x 91 cm
    Olamide Ogunade
    Sisi Eko, 2021
    Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
    91 x 91 cm
    £ 4,650.00
  • Olamide Ogunade Visit To My Tailor, 2021 Acrylic and charcoal on canvas 91 x 91 cm
    Olamide Ogunade
    Visit To My Tailor, 2021
    Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
    91 x 91 cm
  • Olamide Ogunade Woman with Pride, 2021 Acrylic and charcoal on canvas 91 x 91 cm
    Olamide Ogunade
    Woman with Pride, 2021
    Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
    91 x 91 cm
    £ 4,650.00
Installation Views
Press release

Daniel Raphael Gallery is delighted to present Polychromatic curated by Tima Jam, a group exhibition of five internationally acclaimed artists from Iran, Nigeria, Turkey and Mexico. Each artist explores notions of identity and the self through their own inventive use of colour.

 

The concept of identity and perception of the self is perhaps now more pertinent than ever. Throughout art history, colour has been used in artworks to help create a sense of identity, by conveying intangible concepts such as emotions, dreams and mental states. Drawing on the theoretical framework of Surrealism and seminal psychoanalytic studies, this exhibition aims to engage viewers with the subconscious perceptions of the self through artworks that utilise colour to reveal emotion and expressivity.

 

Colour psychology is defined as the "study of hues as a determinant of human behavior". Artists can intentionally use colours to portray their own emotions, and bring about certain emotions within the viewer. In these circumstances, colour is used to build identity. This exhibition will therefore focus on paintings that, filled with rhythm and colour, take the viewer on a journey into the artists' perception of the self. The juxtaposition of colours, shapes and brushstrokes all form an aesthetic foundation on which to explore notions of identity - from the perspective of both the artist, and audience.

 

Iranian painter Salman Khoshroo depicts distorted figures in highly emotional states. Using a knife to apply thick layers of paint, Khoshroo transforms identity into a variable, dismantling our preconceived notions of gender and beauty. Mexican painter Horacio Quiroz celebrates the tension between beauty and the grotesque through his depictions of contorted human figures. At times comically surreal, Quiroz adopts a distinctive approach to conveying movement on canvas, constantly straddling the line between reality and the fantastical.

 

The work of Turkish artist Mustafa Horasan investigates issues surrounding capitalism, mass media, and global wealth disparities. Utilising imagery concerned with pop-culture and consumerism, Horasan applies a rich and vivid palette to bodies and creatures with beyond human characteristics, heightening the intricacies of human existence. Similarly, Iranian artist Milad Mousavi is inspired by the world and society that surrounds him. Fusing artistic mediums such as cinema and animation, Mousavi also approaches the theme of identity by making use of an intense colour palette.

 

Fusing bold colours and prints to convey a uniquely West African identity, Nigerian artist Olamide Ogunade Olisco uses the canvas to open discourses around individualism, beauty and race. Ogunade Olisco's use of charcoal, juxtaposed by the vibrancy of the surrounding colour palette, lends an animated luminosity to the depiction of the human form. Ever-present is a delicate, sympathetic approach to the treatment of his subjects, imbuing them with a graceful elegance that is exceptionally emotive.

 

Polychromatic brings together five seemingly disparate artists from across the globe. Yet despite their geographical separation, each artist is connected by their unique methods of exploring identity through meditations on colour. Intangible concepts and emotions are presented through a visual experience that invites the viewer to question their own predetermined perception of identity and the self.