Emanuel De Sousa transforms the traditional figurative portrait style by delivering it with a pop “edge” connecting the viewer to a point in space where nostalgia and excitement intersect. The narratives in the paintings are complex yet translate like a dream: tiny closed universe
For Immediate Release April 2, 2019 Contact: Susan Oliver Heard, owner/director Cinnabar Phone: 210.557.6073 Email: [email protected]www.CinnabarArt.com Location: 1420 S. Alamo Street #147, Blue Star Arts Complex Opening: May 17, 2019 Time: 6:30-9:00 pm
Cinnabar Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition Bruce Lee Shoes Portuguese born, London-based artist Emanuel De Sousa will present works from his twenty-part series “Bruce Lee Shoes”.
De Sousa transforms the traditional figurative portrait style by delivering works with a pop “edge” thereby connecting the viewer to a point in space where nostalgia and excitement intersect.
“The narratives in the paintings are complex and translate like a dream. They are tiny closed universes where absurd, nonsensical realities make sense.” Whether it is a nod to the iconic omnipresent Bruce Lee yellow suit or the texture of the porcelain dogs and mylar balloons, the viewer feels comfort that the elements fit in spite of defying rational behavior.
Backgrounds are essential to De Sousa. By using a technique where he lets water and charcoal “bleed” down the canvas adding components like distantly familiar wallpaper and traditional chairs, he creates a dream-like organized chaos. Inside these familiar memories is where he begins to find a home for his characters and illuminates their features with acrylic paint.
De Sousa’s series offers a glimpse into the crossover connection of the childhoods of hippies, hipsters, martial arts enthusiasts, rockabillies, and 80s babies. He creates a place where these potentially conflicting worlds co-exist.
Developing on the idea of co-existence and the human movement, De Sousa will create an installation of Individual faces including people of all backgrounds and interests simultaneously existing inside the confines of a conceptual societal structure.