Rowdy & Wilde

Rowdy & Wilde at Clifton Fine Art

Clifton Fine Art gallery is excited to present an exhibition by serigraphy artist Aida Wilde and Rowdy, one of the city’s most iconic street artists, which will preview on the 26th October.

The gallery is situated in Bristol’s Christmas Steps Arts Quarter, which aims to show some of the South West’s finest contemporary and diverse artists.

On display will be an array of body of works that include Aida’s bold twist on traditional iconoclast theme prints to Rowdy’s vibrant metropolis-inspired abstract painted cityscapes.

Aida will present some limited edition hand printed works on paper that are an accumulation of the last 3 years worth of works. Some of the new prints are a direct response to the works from the Habros collection that include pieces from the collection and several new re-imagined in her debut Bristol showcase. The varied themes of animals/birds as well as odes to the Dutch golden age still life paintings and oriental vases.

Rowdy will present a range of new cityscapes bringing him home as he explores the vistas of Bristol and beyond once again, complete with a special collection of his iconic crocs in the form of a series of sculptures.

The landscapes in particular have come about as a result of years observing cityscapes from vantage points that only a graffiti artist has the privilege to enjoy.

Iranian-born Aida’s screen-prints have adorned spaces both indoors and out, and all project messages she feels passionately about. Priding herself on her diverse use of the screen-printing technique, Aida’s prints try to push this once traditional art form to its limits.

With a goal to merge both graphic and the classical in her work, the past decade has seen her producing pieces that echo the bygone classical era but always with her overriding vivid designs.

Aida’s past exhibitions and campaigns include the post-colonial commentary in her 2014 solo show ‘Habros’. The prints in the “Collection” are loosely based around a range of artifacts and curious objects that were collected/commissioned by a world travelling Nabob, something similar to what you may see in a public museum or antique shop.

Although the two artists may appear very different to one another at a glance, the underlying factor that threads these two is their drive & discipline with a methodical thought process that spurs them to create in their individual practices. The use of colour and building up layers of ink/paint is very important to the artists, which is very evident in the works exhibited.

Similar to Rowdy’s own work, Aida’s is appearing more in the public and outdoor sphere, whilst retaining a strong presence in the gallery.

Rowdy’s own art has now appeared further afield than his native Bristol. His association with the Nelly Duff Gallery in London & the former Burning Candy crew is how he first came across Aida Wilde. Urban spaces are not only his canvas but provide the necessary visual stimuli that appear in many of his interior works. An integral part of the Bristol graffiti scene, his work can be found in the most unlikely places, from underground rural settings to the tops of the cityscape.


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