Richard Hoey, “Camouflage”

“Camouflage”, painting, 2020.

Materials: acrylic on wood panel.

Dimensions: 50cm x 70cm x 3cm

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Artist’s comment: The starting point for this painting and much of my recent work is to be found in tapume (fencing), which is made from repurposed advertising boards which I walked past daily in the area I spend much of my time in Brazil. The obsolete advertising boards are placed as fencing in no particular order, ‘mashing up ‘the original messages leading to new meanings and interpretations. The derelict boards can serve as symbols of decline and ideas of smaller local companies being broken up through by outs from larger corporations which lead me to consider larger issues such as globalisation and the effects of Neo-Colonialism on local commerce and culture. The painting ‘Camouflage’ is dissected with a sharp downward pointing geometric shape. This shape is one half of the paving design to be found in many of Sao Paulo’s pavements. This shape is a recurring element in my work. (image demonstrating an example of this attached). It speaks of identity. It is very identifiable with Sao Paulo as are the curvy waves of Copacabana in Rio. I am interested in the way symbols are imprinted into the consciousness and the associations made from them. I consider these ideas in my work, against the rich tropical backdrop of the Brazilian landscape and seek to harmonise the two apparent opposites of natural beauty and the scars of human exploitation.