Following 18 months of residencies in Japan, Thailand and USA, Dolores de Sade is returning to London with this solo exhibition. Drawings and ikebana created on these travels will be presented for the first time in the UK.
Primarily focused on landscape, de Sade’s work is concerned with memory, nostalgia, myth and narrative. Travelling through vastly different terrains, both physically and culturally, this exhibition will explore the human connection to landscape, and the views and objects that are held as examples of such. Romantic landscapes are deconstructed by the artist as authoritative models of beauty and sublimity. Yet, these are uncanny visions of low life elevated as high art. De Sade’s beautiful, Arcadian views are not set in the classical past; they represent prosaic modern subjects: motorway and A-road verges, concrete edifices and steel totems.
In the context of modern industrialisation, the artist questions what landscape means to us today and how it is distilled through popular media and cultural artifacts.
Dolores de Sade studied Fine Art and Printmaking at the Sir John Cass School of Art and the Royal College of Art and holds a PhD in History from the University of York. She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. In 2011 she was the recipient of the Birgit Skiöld Memorial Trust Award and the Royal Academy’s British Institution Award. She was Chair of East London Printmakers and is an active member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Her work is held in the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal College of Art, Ashmoleum Museum, British Museum and the Government Art Collection, as well as public and private collections in China, Japan, USA and Thailand.