Saatchi’s Showdown and more specifically their on-line network can be a true gold mine when looking for new talent and the good thing about this kind of on-line contests is the unveiled potential, like the art of Joao Trindade…
A Portuguese now living in London whose tissued paintings remind us of some of the asphyxiating atmospheres Tsutomu Nihei used for his Blame characters. Organic-mechanic … very punk in the end.
Joao “fabricates dreams”, exorcisises his own ghosts experimenting “the unbalance, the discontinuity, the rupture, the contrast, the sensorialand also to represent universes and an escape from the centre: giving paintings different and endless perspectives”.
His creative process:
“I take hundreds of photos of everything I grab from the outside world, rummaging through images until I find the right one for a particular work. Besides canvas sometimes my materials are what I can collect, usually whatever has been dumped or disposed, recycling it into art and trying to make the ugly, beautiful”.
and the rest of his chaotic anguishing but amazing paintings? On his on-line profile. Enjoy.