METAPOLKA

Andro Semeiko

 

Simulacra Gallery

www.simulacragallery.com

The works shown in this exhibition were made during recent months of self-isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic. In his new paintings Andro Semeiko commences a self-reflective and methodical analysis, which can be seen as a critical reaction to the world today as well as the artist’s own practice.

 

In the group of paintings exhibited in Gallery 1, we can see Semeiko’s interest in calligraphy and doodling come together to create portraits. In these works, vivid and celebratory bright colours are juxtaposed with erratic white and grey lines that make up see-through ghostly faces. The work grows eerie but at the same time acquires a touch of humour when one learns they are partly inspired by the images of the UK’s top politicians.

 

In Gallery 2 and the Large Hall we can see a second group of works, which go back to Semeiko’s interest in borrowing motifs of armour from 18th Century British and Flemish baroque portraits. The armour and metal in Semeiko’s work stand for misguided masculine power. In the current time of adversity, it is particularly apparent that the balance of power in the world has not, yet, undergone a much-needed change and old-school stereotypes are very much present in and around us. An ironic, autobiographical and humorous take on the above permeates these works, while at the same time posing questions in a discourse of post-digital painting. 

 

Simulacra Gallery is a virtual gallery created by London-based architect Paola Fuentes Groetaers. It will host a programme of further shows in the coming year. For enquiries about the work please email or submit your message on contact page.

Fruits of the Money Tree
Fruits of the Money Tree

2020 acrylic and oil on canvas 75x50cm

They/Them/Him
They/Them/Him

2020 acrylic and oil on canvas 66x55cm

Love and Hate in the Time of Covid
Love and Hate in the Time of Covid

2020 acrylic and oil on canvas 56x51cm

Her
Her

2020 oil on canvas 36x28cm

Semi-alert Consciousness
Semi-alert Consciousness

2020 oil on canvas 50x40cm

Golden Age of Headlessness
Golden Age of Headlessness

2020 oil on canvas 50x40cm

Return of the Knight
Return of the Knight

2020 oil on canvas 50x40cm

Summer 2020
Summer 2020

2020 oil on canvas 50x40cm

Portentous Gravity
Portentous Gravity

2020 oil on canvas 50x40cm

Disguise
Disguise

2020 oil on canvas 50x40cm

Monkey Business
Monkey Business

2020 oil on canvas 50x40cm

Cocktail Party
Cocktail Party

2020 acrylic and oil on canvas 55x45cm (ver 1) 200x180cm (ver 2)

METAPOLKA IV
METAPOLKA IV

2020 oil on canvas 60x50cm (ver 1) 200x160cm (ver 2)

METAPOLKA V
METAPOLKA V

2020 oil on canvas 60x50cm (ver 1) 200x160cm (ver 2)

METAPOLKA VI
METAPOLKA VI

2020 oil on canvas 60x50cm (ver 1) 200x160cm (ver 2)

METAPOLKA
METAPOLKA

installation view

METAPOLKA
METAPOLKA

installation view

METAPOLKA
METAPOLKA

installation view