For Immediate Release.
CES53 'Clown Back From Hell'
Open Saturday and Sunday's, 1st - 30th June 2013.
Opening Preview: Friday 31st May, 7pm - 10pm.
After Party@ Ernest, 9:30pm - 1am.
Tower Art Gallery are pleased to announce the first UK solo show from Ces53, a graffiti artist and fine artist from Rotterdam. Active since 1985, Ces53 quickly rose to become a graffiti king of Europe by the early 90's. One of the biggest train bombers of his time, Ces53 is especially famous for his one man colour whole cars, keeping pace and painting alongside the renowned New York kings of his era such as Sento, Wane, Reas, Dash, Pure and CesFX.
Parallel to an international career in graffiti, Ces53 first found classical oil painting in 1987 and went on to study at the Willem de Kooning Art Academy in Rotterdam during the 90's. Here he refined his oil and acrylic techniques and started to make impressionistic and expressionistic works alongside conceptual modern art. Since 1999 Ces53 has also been studying sculpturing including jade carving, stone carving, ceramic working and metal casting in Guatemala, Mexico and Burma.
"Clown Back From Hell" is the first exhibition by Ces53 in the UK and promises to be a concise journey into this artists psychedelic world. Visitors can expect original paintings, signed prints and other slightly more unusual collectables.
Ces53, in collaboration with the Tower Art Gallery, are pleased to finally unveil a project several years in the making; the first ever currency, minted by a Graffiti King. Using ancient techniques that originate from the beginning of the monetary system, we have minted our own coinage using solid silver and gold.
In this time of financial turmoil and uncertainty, we offer the perfect opportunity for a safe investment by combining gold and silver with unique and collectable art. With the inevitable collapse of the Fiat Currency looming, there has never been a more appropriate time to question the stock market's precious metal price manipulation…
Ces53 - 'Clown Back From Hell' Screen print.
In his most recent exhibition 'Clown Back From Hell', Ces53 creates work in order to discuss his apocalyptic vision using his familiar psychedelic imagery. This body of work however shows a shift in perspective throughout, the alternation between day and night.
Ces53 - 'Day and Night' Original Painting in Aerosol.
For example the series of darker paintings, worked realised almost entirely in black. Painting's such as 'Eye in the Sky, Watching Over it's Minions', which seemingly depict the collapse of our current system and the uprising of a new one.
On the other hand in the brighter and enlightened paintings upstairs, we see the black recalled, most clearly in ' Tulip of Death'. This central motif refers directly to the fact Tulips were used in Holland as a currency and resulted in the collapse of the fiat monetary system.
Ces53 - 'Tulip of Death' Original Painting in Aerosol.
In reaction to the untamed beast that is our current monetary system Ces53 in collaboration with Tower Art Gallery has minted his own coinage, demonstrating how easy it is to create a system of exchange and question the value of money. Ces53 in producing this exhibition has shed light on an increasingly important issue that is better addressed sooner, rather than later…
Ces53 - 'Sooner or Later' Original Painting in Aerosol.
Tower Art Gallery, Stepney Road, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE2 1TZ.
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