Felix Treadwell's "Little Dark Fantasy" @ Union Gallery, London
Union Gallery in London is currently presenting Little Dark Fantasy, a new body of oil paintings by Felix Treadwell, curated by William Gustafsson. With this exhibit, the artist explores the immersive genre of fantasy through purposely naive and playful imagery.
The London-based artist graduated with an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art after completing his BA in Painting at Camberwell College of Arts and received the Hix Award in 2014 before taking up a residency at the Kyoto Seika University. Although always high-spirited and somewhat child-like, his visual language took a bit of a turn in recent years towards intense brushwork and simple comic-like imagery starring big-eyed characters.
In Little Dark Fantasy, Treadwall explores the overlap of reality and fantasy, following a loose storyboard-like narrative through stacked images reminiscent of comic panels, which present action or suggest an alternate reality. In this imaginative parallel world, Treadwell introduces an anthropomorphic green goblin figure who symbolizes evil and malice and adds to the overall mystery and uncertainty of the visuals. Fantasy allows us to explore our own human condition through boundless imagination.
Little Dark Fantasy is on display through August 3rd, 2019 at Union Gallery.