Synthesis: The combining of separate elements or substances to form a coherent whole
Atomica Gallery is proud to announce Covering Synthesis, dual solo shows from British artists Dominique Holmes and Mister Paterson, opening in November 2013.
Friends for many years, Holmes and Paterson have enjoyed successful careers as tattooists and freelance artists and have spent the past few years concentrating on their fine art practice. Whilst differing stylistically, the pair share a fascination with the process of rearranging elements to produce new and unexpected outcomes; the inspiration behind Covering Synthesis.
Holmes' work is saturated with references to Eastern culture, from traditional Chinese folklore and superstitions to Islamic art's relation to science and mathematics. Experimenting with collage, her mixed-media works often incorporate found textiles and objects such as vintage kimono fabrics and cosmological diagrams, adding texture and mystery.
Strong symbolism is another recurring theme in Holmes' work. Imagery representing life, love, birth, death includes lotus flowers, hands and eyes juxtaposed against intricately detailed Mehndi patterns and geometric shapes, lending a beautifully psychedelic quality to her canvases.
A believer in tradition and true craftsmanship, Paterson's distinct style involves painstakingly inking black dots onto paper, a process which is both simple and complex. Paterson's striking technique is instantly recognisable and as integral to his work as the concept behind it.
Paterson is influenced by a variety of unlikely sources including the power of religious iconography; frequently we see animals transformed into commanding deities. But whilst Paterson's technique is deliberate, he leaves the final outcome of his work to chance, picking imagery at random and letting instinct decide their fate.
Central to Covering Synthesis is the friendship between the two artists and Holmes and Paterson will present a special collaborative work as part of the installation.