August opens at Corey Helford Gallery with standout double solo exhibitions by New York painter David Stoupakis and UK digital artist Tom Bagshaw.
Returning to the gallery for his third solo exhibition entitled “Walking Within These Shadows”, Stoupakis reveals a more personal side to his work — exploring life, death and the unknown. Stoupakis is internationally recognized for his clever narratives and haunting imagery that portray the darker side of childhood innocence and fairytales. However, his new body of work adopts a more serious tone, departing from the playful themes he is known for. For the show, Stoupakis spent the past year reflecting on his life experiences, infusing his work with a darker color palette as well as more mature themes. Of the seven new oil-on-panel paintings showcased in the exhibition, Stoupakis notes “Peddlers of Death” as the highlight, describing the painting as “the boundary between Earth and the unknown.”
Exhibiting alongside Stoupakis in the main gallery, UK artist Tom Bagshaw will have new works inspired by stories, myths and legends from around the globe on view entitled “Beautiful Imperfections”. Bagshaw notes, “In my first show, I had focused purely on Japanese Yokai. I wanted to continue with that exploration of folklore, ghosts and mythology, but on a much broader scale.” Continuing with his aesthetic he describes as “darker elements combined with an edge of humor or playfulness,” Bagshaw combines realistic portraiture and figurative work with imaginative back-stories. “‘There’s Always One’ is the centre piece for the show and is primarily my interpretation of the adage you can’t take it with you.”
The opening reception takes place on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public, and the exhibition will be on view through August 27, 2011.