CLOSE UP: The Cynical Power of Beauty


Private View: 16 March 2016 from 18:30 to 20:30

When: 18 March to 8 April 2016
Where: G A L L E R Y 106, 106 Dawes Road, London SW6 7EG
Gallery opening time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 12:00-18:00 and by appointment.

Gallery 106 is delighted to announce a solo exhibition of the London based artist Moussa Sanogo.

Sanogo will be showing 25 of his late artworks, in multimedia, oil on canvas and a combination of oil paints, acrylic and spray paint, as well as a video of the performance he had in Paris.

Born in Paris in 1979, his family comes from the Ivory Coast, West Africa. One of 14 siblings, his grandmother was a painter of tribal images, which greatly influenced his style and taste. He became a model at first, starting out in Paris at the tender age of 18, becoming the face of Paul Smith for 4 years and working with the likes of John Galliano, Paul & Joe and Wunderkind amongst many others.

This world of fashion with its strong emphasis on beauty and iconic status played heavily into Sanogo's psyche, so that as an artist, these concerns are dominant in his imagery, technique and choices of bright, almost garish colour palette. Coupled with this fashion influence is his fascination with iconic cartoons, where entertainment and humour are mixed with the devious and darker side of childish dreams. Tweety and Sylvestor became for Sanogo, a David and Goliath allegory, and his work falls either side of dreams and nightmares. The street influences of Basquiat are juxtaposed with the interest Warhol had with fashion. Icons, beauty and the cynicism of advertising, Shepard Fairey and Lady Aiko are also evident influences in his work. If there is a message located in these paintings it is that capitalism can render even the child-like love of cynical cartoons.

Moussa Sanogo has exhibited his work all over the world, recently being included as one of the 'Top 100 Street Artists' to exhibit at the first ever 'Street Art Fair International' in LA. He's biggest collector so far is the Icon Grace Jones who has acquired more than 30 pieces of his works and continues to be a passionate supporter. This entire collection purchased by Grace Jones is to be exhibited at the V&A. The latest exhibitions include: Street Art Fair International Siren Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, L’Afrique Creative Door, Paris, France, L’Afrique Crypt on the Green, Clerkenwell, London, Transient Contemporary and Modern Art, Artists Corner, Hollywood, Los Angeles. 

G A L L E R Y 106 is a non for profit organisation that provides a platform to explore, create and present contemporary art and all forms of artistic expression.

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