'Contemplating destined coordinates'
Make no mistake – Sylvia Ji is the real deal: an artist of genuine, sometimes brutal, sincerity in a world of swirling uncertainty and constant change. Yet, she does more than consistently adjust to the change that life brings, she thrives on it; taking life as it is, content to simply “be”. Using the simplest of materials to create her work….she would say “letting it magically happen”... the results obliterate the antiquated lines between ostensibly “high brow” and “low brow” art.
Emma’s character based paintings have a subtle sweetness layered with dark brooding undertones. Sexy and confident, her paintings portray an empowering portrait of femininity. There’s almost an old parisian, moulin rouge style elegance mixed with the modern boldness found in the vinyl toy circuit. When asked how she’d explain her style of illustration, her answer was “Lowbrow, candy coated corruption”.
Possessing an artistic voice as unique as the times we live in, Sylvia Ji is at once contemplative, spiritual, enigmatic, and yet whimsically funny. Above all else, it is perhaps beauty that emerges as her defining characteristic, and her art reflects this: an extension of herself; a passionate appreciation of simple aesthetic pleasure fused with intimately complex subject matter.
"I hail from the Norfolk countryside, where from a young age i gained a love of art from my father who has always had a great love for france and the Impressionists, from being taken to galleries when i was young i fell for egon Schiele, Toulouse Lautrec, Frieda Khalo, Gustav Klimt, Marc Chagal and many more. Ive always been an avid keeper of notebooks and fill them with sketches of girls, who I imagine to have magical lives and to be wandering sorts that are lost in there private worlds wether playing a rusty ballad on a concertina or mixing updolls in a butter churn"
'This piece is part of an up coming publication titled 'The Cinderella Project'. The Book is made up of a collection of jump rope nursery rhymes which have been written by various writers. The rhyme that accompanies this illustration is...
'Cinderella dressed in Black killed all the Robots WITH HER BLAST ATTACK!!!'
The book is full of fun and dark little rhymes that are filled with beautiful and sometimes slightly disturbing imagery, which I've had a great time illustrating. Its release is planned for towards the beginning of 2012.' - Adam Oehlers
More information to follow soon....
Sylvia Ji is internationally recognized for capturing beauty in its most exotic forms. For Shapeshifter, Ji continues to evolve her elegant style, combining her narratives with elements of Native American mythology, designs and motifs. Shapeshifting is a theme that appears in Native American folklore, where a being acquires the ability to alter its physical appearance – such as a human changing into a wolf. Depending on whether the being is the subject of a curse or spell, the transformation may be intentional or not.
'Senora De Las Sombras' by Sylvia Ji
Fine Grime is proud to announce that we are set for new releases from the wonderful Miss Ji!
These will co-inside with Sylvia’s upcoming July exhibition in New York, and if you are a fan of her Day of the Dead collection these are set not to disappoint. Sylvia’s latest collection reminisces the combination of beauty and decay from her previous female portraits but admiring the splendour of women past and present, and influenced by religions and traditions from all over the globe.
With the huge success of ‘Rose Catrina’ selling out, and other Sylvia limited editions set to do the same. Fine Grime would like to remind customers that due to our small editions of 50 you must be quick to snap up the chance of having one of these beautiful prints in your collection.
More news and images will follow shortly.
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