Brian M. Viveros will be coming to the UK with Los Angeles' Thinkspace Gallery to present a highly anticipated solo exhibition of brand new work Bulletproof. Also, a complete Viveros collection will be on view at London's Moniker International Art Fair from Oct. 5 to October 8, 2017, and will be the very first time that the artist brings his legendary Dirtyland "over the pond."
Included in this epic set are some of Viveros’ most iconic Dirtyland characters al ongside some new archetypes in the making, pushed to the next level of detail and finesse, with new uses of color and even more sophisticated techniques. Among them are a new "Evillast," and a new "Viva la Muerte," all executed in new palettes of softer, more romantic, tempered hues with gorgeous, surreal floral motifs. He is also incorporating more abstract patterns and subtle floating geometric elements into his paintings for the first time, contributing to their feeling of surreal otherworldliness and suspension.
The Bulletproof collection represents some notable firsts; a double portrait, featuring two Dirtyland warriors side by side for the first time, and a large-scale epic painting, Queen of the Land, depicting a fuller body view draped in detailed bullets, beyond the standard portraiture format Viveros has typically used. Also part of Bulletproof are some phenomenal charcoal renderings, an amazing signature bull horned helmet girl, Raging Bull, and a special tribute piece to his favorite tequila, Don Julio entitled 1942.
Bulletproof is an ode to the inviolable strength of the survivor, to the imperviousness of her unrelenting will and strength. Viveros' iconic warrior women are emblematic of this refusal to submit; tough but sensual, they embody the courage of the feminine as empowered Victor. Bulletproof is a collection dedicated to survival.
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