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The Radiants and Head (diptych), Portraits of Pharrell from the LIVE FOREVER seriesBy Hunter & Gatti

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2020

Mixed Media, Acrylic and oil pastel on pigment print

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Dimensions: 76cm (H) x 122cm (W) x 0.3cm (D) / 29.9" (H) x 48" (W) x 0.12" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.


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Artist Statement

The Radiants and Head, 2020, by Hunter & Gatti
Acrylic and oil pastel on Pigment Print
Overall size: 76 cm. H x 122 cm. W

Individual Size:
Image size: 76 cm. H x 61 cm. W
One of a Kind.


In LIVE FOREVER, the all-new series of acrylic and oil pastel on pigment print, Hunter & Gatti engage with the discursive and artistic discoveries of two major pillars of contemporary art. We find Basquiat’s schematic but deeply striking iconography, together with a warholian study of the mechanical reproduction of an image, where each singular reproduction is made unique by its intervention in paint.

The artists take special interest in Basquiat's strive for definitive self-assertion, which is paradoxically only achieved through a constant deconstruction and colorful exploration of the self—this duality, apparent also in the material condition of the work, is the guiding motif through Live Forever by Hunter & Gatti.

Identity is not a fixed given, as much as it is a constantly re-interpreted and re-framed question. In some cases, one performs one's own identity—in others, one’s identity is defined by the on-looker, the mass audience or the portrait taker or artist, who can project onto the subject a labyrinth of given and made-up identities. When done with the respect and admiration the artists owe their subject as in this case, identity becomes a playful negotiation. Each unique piece of this series captures one successful moment of communication between the artist and their subject.

A black and white portrait of larger-than-life pop-star and cultural guru Pharrell Williams is the common denominator, or base, which, through repetition and intervention, becomes a fluid work: never fully completed, but always in transition. The inquiring nature and inconclusiveness of the works is itself a metaphor for the complex concept of identity, which the artists are interested in questioning. We can see how the subject's identity can be mutated and toyed with, without this change diminishing the weight of his presence, undoubtedly central throughout the series.

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The founders and artistic minds behind Hunter & Gatti, Cristian Borillo, and Martin Cespedes have worked alongside one another for over a decade. Working as art directors, they have successfully produced numerous campaigns for fashion brands such as Burberry and Diesel. With this, Hunter & Gatti decided to explore even further the infinite possibilities of transformation by turning something as temporary as a fashion editorial, into something completely different and original; a unique piece of art. Thus, Hunter & Gatti was born. Hunter & Gatti immerse themselves in all aspects of development including creative initiatives, art direction, and photography; ultimately creating a holistic image for each individual brand.

This creative duo has worked side by side with iconic clients such as Hugo Boss, Kenneth Cole, Massimo Dutti, Carolina Herrera, Swarovski, Sony Music, and Guess. They have also worked with magazines like Vogue, Esquire, and Flaunt, who have applauded their ability to produce exemplary work. Globally recognized for its artistic style and creative aesthetic, Hunter & Gatti have also produced an array of fashion films, each having its own unique personality. Their constant need to revitalize their outlooks and perspectives on the world is what keeps their creativity flowing, giving them immense success within both the art and fashion arena.

 



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Hometown: Barcelona
Based in: Barcelona

With their innovative outlook on art, film, and photography, Hunter & Gatti have established themselves as an internationally recognized creative duo within the fashion and art world, expanding effortlessly from their headquarters in Barcelona to New York City.

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