Prints: New Paintings By Troy Gua

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AXIS Pioneer Square says
Opening on first Thursday, AXIS Gallery is proud to present
PRINTS: New Paintings by Troy Gua.

Troy Gua presents pop-infused concepts using a wide range of media, marrying commerciality to contemporary with a glossy design aesthetic and a keen wit. Like many people, Troy is both fascinated with and repelled by contemporary culture, and that paradox is reflected in his work.

In his new series of original paintings, titled 'Prints' (a coy nod to his hero Prince and his storied ongoing project, 'Le Petit Prince'), Troy returns to painting with his meticulous acrylic on canvas handiwork - something he moved away from with his digitally composed and printed limited edition Pop Hybrids series, which, incidentally, also began as a series of paintings.

These new works show repeated patterns based on Troy’s own fabric print designs, filled with images of familiar novelty and unexpected symbolism. They are 36" square format swatches of iconography in a wry style most easily attributed to a textile print: something machine made. These are themes that Troy returns to time and again: the tensions between man made and machine made, between what we do and do not consider art.

In 'Prints', the paintings are installed as single canvases or combined in diptychs, triptychs, and polyptychs to create new, larger scale works. The individual pieces work together to create vignette narratives, presenting personal musings as well as open-ended observations on American modern living and the state of our global society. By depicting sobering themes in the context of jaunty novelty prints - prints for fabrics that we cover ourselves and our children with in leisure time, slumber under, and line our walls with - the work reflects an American society numbed by an overwhelming and turbulent feed of information.
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