French Street Artist Making Splash With 'oil Exploration'

French street artist making splash with 'oil exploration'

LONDON, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 29th july,2016) - French street artist Zevs is bringing his signature style indoors with an exhibition playing on the dominance of oil, which opens Friday in London. The 38-year-old former graffiti artist has taken his trademark "liquidation" technique -- where colours drip from the logos of big corporations -- from walls to canvas. But "The Big Oil Splash", done in bold acrylic colours, is not an artist's moan at the power of giant oil corporations and the environmental damage caused by oil spills, but a playful look at its power.

"It's an oil exploration. It would be too easy to perceive this as an attack on oil. Things are never black and white, and these paintings are not black and white," Zevs told AFP. The series of paintings are variations on British artist David Hockney's 1967 pop art painting "A Bigger Splash", which depicts the splash in a swimming pool beside a modern house, on a sunny California day. They feature the logos of oil companies such as Exxon and Esso dripping down the house wall, flowing into the swimming pool and diluting in the water. "This is a paradox: this vision of paradise, but one created by man. The only natural thing is how the oil spills into the pool. We can find beauty in its dilution," said Zevs. "Like the original splash, it disturbs the tranquillity of the pool and the straight lines of the painting."