Archetypes-Projections of the Collective Unconscious
Acrylic on Board layered with Aerosol on Glass, framed in a black box frame by Fiksate Framing
960mm W x 960mm H
About the artwork: A stand-out piece from the ARCHETYPES body of work and an exquisite example of both Jessie Rawcliffe and Dr. Suit's craft. The deep black-to-blue portrait is painted in Rawcliffe's signature style, working from dark to light in directional brush strokes. The pose of the model is both confronting and empowering, the pose has confidence and authority with the eyes looking down towards the viewer, the eyeballs being almost completely hidden in the shadowing. Dr. Suits flexes his mastery of aerosol on glass and creates both outside and inside shapes through clever stenciling and masking which in turn creates differing shadows on the portrait. Suits matches the tones of the portrait perfectly and the bright white organic 'squiggle' at the front hides and reveals details and adds a powerful pop of contrasts to create a dramatic overall image.
About the Artist: Jessie Rawcliffe is a multidisciplinary artist and designer located in Christchurch, New Zealand. Employing frustrating care for pedantic detail paired with surreal omissions replaced with negative space, her growing body of work is a continual exploration into the roles of the subject and the viewer in figurative painting. Working as a designer and illustrator has allowed her to produce and collaborate on projects that exist in the public realm, however, it is only recently she has had the opportunity for her art practice to do so also.
Nathan Ingram, pseudonymously Dr Suits, is an Ōtautahi-based artist and designer with backgrounds in fashion and urban art. Ingram’s current work is grounded in the qualities of line, colour, surface and texture, juxtaposing the influence of the urban environment as a space of transient presence and constant physical flux with the calm repose of the studio. Varying in scale, and at times spanning framed surfaces, Ingram’s paintings grapple with the balance of order and chaos, a sense of poise often masking more energetic or physical exertions.
Ingram’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around Aotearoa and overseas, including the permanent collection of the Canterbury Museum. His public works span various cities and he has been included in festivals such as Taupo’s Graffiato (2021), Ōtautahi’s Spectrum (2015), and Flare (2022).