One of the most celebrated muralists of the last 10 years, and one of the most traveled, Belgian painter ROA has gained notoriety for his massive public works featuring animals specific to the murals location. The featuring of animals, often in dense urban surroundings, has always been an interesting dichotomy in the artist's work. Now, after what feels like some time away from the spotlight, ROA will be returning to the gallery with a new show at StolenSpace Gallery in London opening September 14, 2018.
From the gallery: Portraying animals on a massive scale and in stark contrast to their urban surroundings, their black and white appearance giving them a ghostlike presence. ROA’s intention is to query the relationship between man and animal, the urban relationship with nature and the manner in which we force it to adapt for survival, choosing remote and derelict locations to mirror our own unsympathetic treatment of the natural world and the creatures which inhabit it.
Now returning to StolenSpace for his third takeover of the gall ery, ROA will be creating on site a fresh cohort of Bestia Animalibus, using reclaimed mater ials to create multi-dimensional, interactive works of art to beautifully illustrate the precarious connection between man and beast.
Stay tuned for more.