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Archetypes – A Collaboration Between Jessie Rawcliffe and Dr. Suits/Nathan Ingram

Visual Arts

ARCHETYPES –

Jessie Rawcliffe X Dr. Suits.

Fiksate is excited to announce its forthcoming exhibition, Archetypes, an exciting body of work by emerging artists, Jessie Rawcliffe and Dr Suits. In this collaboration, both practitioners explore the complex merging of portraiture and abstraction, creating a series of paintings that showcase the diversity of Ōtautahi art.

Opening November 4th, Archetypes will present a range of works that combine each artist’s stylistic  and   material   approaches.   Examining  how  composition can conversely reveal and obscure significant details, Rawcliffe and Dr Suits layer abstract and figurative elements such as colour, texture, and shadow to both disorientate and engage the viewer.

Rawcliffe is a figurative painter and designer engaged in the subversion of spectator and spectacle. Drawing inspiration from Renaissance portraiture, photography, and lowbrow pop surrealism, her work incorporates both traditional and contemporary techniques. Working mainly in oils set against matte acrylic, Rawcliffe’s intricate focal points are often contrasted with blurred, negative space, creating the illusion of a short depth of field. This juxtaposition serves to emphasize the isolation of the artist’s subjects, often conveyed in transitional moments of self-reflection.

This unique pictorial approach earned Rawcliffe a spot as one of the “Highly Commended” finalists at the 2022 Adam Portraiture Awards, a biennial competition for Aotearoa portrait art. From 351 entries, Judges Linda Tyler and Karl Maughan selected 45 works for this year’s exhibition, Rawcliffe’s “Richard” being one of the selected pieces.

With similar roots in genre disruption, Nathan Ingram, (or pseudonymously, Dr Suits), is an Ōtautahi-based artist and designer with a background in fashion and urban art. Capturing the public  imagination with a range of post-quake            street interventions, Ingram’s work has continuously evolved over time, oscillating between the transient murals of the Canterbury cityscape, to the tranquil paintings in the artist’s studio. Investigating the formal relationship between line, shape, and surface, Ingram’s paintings frequently grapple with order and chaos, a sense of poise often masking underlying frenetic energy.

Appearing in both national and overseas exhibitions, Ingram’s works have been included in Taupo’s Graffiato (2021), Ōtautahi’s Spectrum (2015) and Flare (2021), as well as Canterbury Museum’s  permanent collection, thereby fortifying          the artist’s iconography as a significant reflection of Ōtautahi’s post-quake visual culture.

By combining their individual perspectives, Rawcliffe and Ingram have succeeded in cultivating a dynamic series that explores the permeable nature of medium “archetypes”. Providing a unique addition to Fiksate’s exhibition schedule, we can’t wait to share Archetypes with you.

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