Todd JamesFantasy Island

1 - 30 May 2015
Lazarides Rathbone

Exhibition detail

Dates

1 - 30 May 2015

Location

Lazarides Rathbone

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Lazarides Rathbone is pleased to present Fantasy Island, a provocative new solo exhibition by New York-based artist Todd James.

 

The vivid body of hyper-coloured works extends the artist's exploration into current socio-political affairs, continuing to stretch the boundary between the obscene and the humorous.

 

The large-scale paintings depict a fantastical reality far removed from the safety of Western existence, seducing the viewer with a seamless mix of luminous compositions and graffiti-infused erotica. The satirical showcase features a striking cast of modern-day Somali pirates, UN soldiers and scantily-clad females, adorned with AK47s and over-sized sunglasses whilst basking against tropical backdrops of never-ending sunsets.

 

James illuminates contradictions in our contemporary landscape with playful scenes loaded in metaphor; armed soldiers balancing cups of tea in armchairs and sexualised women brandishing heavy weaponry. The duality of the work is key to the American artist's long-term practice, carefully balancing stylised animations against the stark reality of the times we live in.

 

 

Exhibition works

Fantasy Island

Todd James / REAS

The Gun Club, 2015
152 cm x 122 cm
Acrylic on canvas

Todd James / REAS

Zoooming, 2015
61 cm x 91 cm
Acrylic on canvas

Todd James / REAS

Blast Off, 2015
91 cm x 122 cm
Acrylic on canvas

Todd James / REAS

The Gentlemen's Adventure Club, 2015
170 cm x 244 cm
Acrylic on canvas

Todd James / REAS

Double AK's, 2015
122 cm x 122 cm
Acrylic on canvas

Todd James / REAS

Girl at Pool White Bikini, 2015
122 cm x 102 cm
Acrylic on canvas

Todd James / REAS

In The Weeds, 2015
122 cm x 122 cm
Acrylic on canvas

Todd James / REAS

3 Pirates Smoking, 2015
122 cm x 91 cm
Acrylic on canvas

Todd James / REAS

RAM-ZEE, 2015
122 cm x 91 cm
Acrylic on canvas

Todd James / REAS

Woman with White AK, 2015
152 cm x 91 cm
Acrylic on canvas

Todd James / REAS

Tits Yellow Cats Flowers, 2015
122 cm x 102 cm
Acrylic on canvas

Todd James / REAS

I Think We're Lost, 2015
122 cm x 102 cm
Acrylic on canvas

Todd James / REAS

Large Drawing #1, 2015
85.5 cm x 65 cm x 3 cm (framed)
Gouache and graphite on paper

Todd James / REAS

Large Drawing #2, 2015
85.5 cm x 65 cm (framed)
Gouache and graphite on paper

Todd James / REAS

Medium Drawing #1, 2015
65 cm x 47 cm (framed)
Gouache and graphite on paper

Todd James / REAS

Medium Drawing #2, 2015
65 cm x 47 cm (framed)
Gouache and graphite on paper

Todd James / REAS

Small Drawing #1, 2015
47 cm x 37 cm (framed)
Gouache and graphite on paper

Todd James / REAS

Small Drawing #2, 2015
47 cm x 37 cm (framed)
Gouache and graphite on paper

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