the alchemy, magic + occultism of el gato chimney’s surreal painted scenes
(above) ‘rebirth’ 2015 100 x 71cm watercolors on cotton paper
all images by el gato chimney / courtesy of stephen romano gallery
el gato chimney: de rerum natura
stephen romano gallery, new york
march 5th – april 30 2015
subjects ranging from alchemy, magic and occultism, to popular folklore, primitive and modern art, are but a few of milan-born artist el gato chimney‘s creative preoccupations. with an early interest in graffiti and street art, el gato chimney developed a sense of storytelling through various physical mediums from paint to pencil. instead of delineating a clear and obvious composition, the italian artist instead fills his paintings with hidden clues, appealing to the viewer’s imagination and interpretation of the modern world.
‘secret pacts’ 2014, 100 x 71cm, watercolor and pencil on cotton paper
animals, both fictional and real, often hide behind masks and wear ceremonial clothes from primitive cultures. these figures describe the vices and the virtues of a world constantly split between a daytime utopia and an unquiet night. at first glance, one could overlook the copious concealed details: creatures hidden in the clouds, numbers obscured on clothing, religious elements and most importantly, symbols. everything from an infinity sign to deck of cards becomes part of an eclectic mixture of cultures and eras, each whose decipheration reveals new meanings at with reading.
stephen romano gallery, new york presents the italian artist’s first solo exhibition in the united states titled ‘de rerum natura’, comprising paintings, large-format watercolors on paper, and a site-specific installation.
‘inside the circle’ 2014, 100 x 71cm watercolor on cotton paper
‘my black heart” 2014 100 x 71cm watercolor and pencil on cotton paper
‘speak the truth’ 2014 50 x 71 cm watercolor and pencil on cotton paper
‘l’offerta’, 80×60 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2014
‘the catcher’, 60×70 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2014
‘dal ciarlatano’, 100×70 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2014
‘tra amici’, 60×70 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2014