Pato Bosich and “The dying Pythia” | Portrait of the artist as a horse

11th– 19th October  2019

Ancient art, Greek tragedies, Western and Eastern visual traditions take part in an astonishing yet refined variegazed cross of voices. Subtle yet swift, this exhibition invite us to journey through metamorphoses of Antiquity into the present.

Intensely gestural, richly monochrome and merging with oxidating metals, the series the dying Pythia is a re invention of the greek tragedies narratives. Centred around the Delphic oracle and the Theban plays, Bosich imagines the Pythia (the Delphi priestess) visited by a myriad of shades (ghosts) including Oedipus and Tiresias. Some apocalyptic and foreboding atmosphere echoes contemporary waste lands around cities and post war ruins, as if Ancient sculpture had gotten back life by virtue of a radioactive silver metal shower, now gods and heroes are back wondering loose on earth.

“the birth of Venus” gets a new life from the iconic Botticelli work by an interplay of Alchemical ideas, in an earthbound rebirth from a distant lunar world, the goddess copper planet appears at dawn, born out of the interaction between gold and silver, from the agitation of the waves foam, she is also Daphne of the ancient romance, turning into a Laurel tree.

Years of ongoing work with the collections at the British Museum both in situ and in the studio, come together in basement gallery exhibition ‘portrait of the artist as a horse’. In many ancient cultures, the supernatural and the fantastic are accessed through the qualities of the animal, in here the artist metamorphoses himself into the animal to configure a roller coaster chase for the muse of creation across the underworld, antiquity, underwater forests and London, a bemoaning and shuddering for inspiration and merging with the divine.

Ancient art has an evocative presence that is never merely visual and as a result the artist’s multi-sensory response to work directly from the antiquities give a tactile quality to every work on the exhibition. Symbols are embodied to play and multiply with each other and new forms are reconfigured as the artist navigates these ancient narratives from the present. His drawings represent a form of artistic ‘time-travel’, a fusion of past, present, and future into a cohesive whole.

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  1. “I think of you, Pythia, proud prism of the divine, ablaze with countless torments, of your face flooded with the radiance of east..for the Muse has made me one of the sons of Greece.” We would love to start a conversation about how we can help you add art to your collection or portfolio or even if you just have a question about the art market.


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