The CelebutanteBy Michael Simms
Oil Paint, Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 182cm (H) x 182cm (W) x 5cm (D) / 71.7" (H) x 71.7" (W) x 2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
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'This is art that plays with both positive creativity and our capacity for self-destruction. This tension is only heightened at a time the temptation to touch fellow human flesh is taboo, when the urge to hug, kiss and even shake hands is denied for its potentially fatal consequences. “There’s a disconnect a lot of people have been feeling, just slightly missing each other,” Simms muses. “I still feel human interaction’s a bit weird at the moment. A misfire.” He points to a painting which references Jupiter and Io, the 16th century Italian high renaissance painting by Antonio da Correggio, in which Jupiter, the god of the sky, shapeshifts to seduce his mortal lover Io. “Jupiter has got the guise of a cloud, to have some anonymity from his other lovers while seducing her,” says Simms. “I found it really interesting to replace the idea of the cloud with a phone, and that online seduction being ethereal. You don’t really know who you’re talking to. I’ve had these strange experiences where you’re not sure if what’s going on is real.'
Excerpt from catalogue essay by Steve Dow, 2020
Based in: Sydney
Micheal Simms is an award winning painter based in Sydney. Having completed degrees in both psychology and film at Flinders University before winning a scholarship to study art at the Julian Ashton Art School Michael's practice brings together his interest in classical art and contemporary human behaviour to reveal hidden …
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