Venomous Creatures Become Majestic Beasts in the Photographs of Guido Mocafico
Property Subject to the Artist's Resale Right (see Conditions of Sale for further information)
Collection of Georges Bermann
This work is unique in this size.
Image/Sheet: 120 x 150 cm (47 1/4 x 59 in.)
Frame: 127.5 x 161.5 cm (50 1/4 x 63 5/8 in.)
From the Catalogue:
‘I have always been terrified by these reptiles, but I also find them terribly fascinating. I felt a sort of repulsion-attraction for these living creatures.’
—Courtesy of Phillips
Signature: Signed, titled, dated, numbered AP2 in ink, printed copyright credit and notation 'Unique in this format' on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount. AP2 from the edition of 4 plus 2 artist's proofs.
P. Remy, ed., Serpens: Guido Mocafico, Steidl, 2007, n.p.
Hamiltons Gallery, London
A specialist in still life and nature photography, Guido Mocafico explores subjects such as tarantulas, snakes, jellyfish, and skulls, as well as subjects taken from Flemish still-life painters of the 17th century. Mocafico has shot photographs for international magazines, including Men’s Vogue and Wallpaper, and has undertaken major advertising campaigns for clients such as Gucci, Chanel, Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent. The subjects of other series have included guns, roses, architecture, and the mechanisms of fine watches. Whether shooting creepy-crawlies or objects, Mocafico works in studio conditions, predominantly setting his subjects against dark backdrops and illuminating them with artificial lighting to emphasize colors and textures.
Swiss, b. 1962, based in Paris, France