Having started with Grafiti my painting has always been charged with a social and politcal context, often balancing between a comic or dramatic approach to the subjects, which are created as a primary way to express my thoughts on many topics and public issues. The current subject of resistance here is interpreted through a confict between power and authority, and the helplessness of those who struggle every day just to stay alive. Most of western society lays between both these specturms, unknowingly following a majority of taste, views trends, offering no resistance to a progressive state of disenfranchisement with individual thought and critique.
Although not very present in this current submission, my work usually brings together an analysis of the human form and skin texture with a social and political conception of the persona. I apply colour to enhance the moment and state in which the subject is inserted and perceived, without intending to portray things as they are in terms of pictorial reality. I want to explore details in colour, brush strokes and lines in order to increase the expression of a body.
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Júlio Vasconcelos based in Lisbon Portugal.