Don't look back, baby: Oscar Fouz Lopez
The work of Oscar Fouz Lopez is informed by mythological stories and their synthesis of real historical facts, metaphors and philosophical teachings. According to Carl Jung, myths are embedded in the human psyche in the form of archetypes. Lopez's paintings focus on the Hero archetype who endures personal challenges, serving as a metaphor for self improvement.
Lopez re-imagines the concept in a contemporary context and questions to what extent it is still meaningful in the 21st century. His paintings explore personalities and interactions between characters. The compositions are infused with uneasiness and anticipation, and at times it seems that something crucial is just about to happen. These awkward and somewhat mysterious scenarios suggest that a journey is taking place. The characters seem to travel periphrastically towards a destination, unsure if they will ever reach it or even if they know where they are going. Lopez's characters play out the Hero archetype in a world that is a reflection of our own.
Oscar Fouz Lopez is a Spanish born artist who lives and works in Dublin. His work has featured in group exhibitions such as Winter Open (2016) in Rua Red, Dublin, Insider Art (2016) in MCE, Belfast, and Everything is in Everything, (2019) in the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh. He was also selected for The Annual Show at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 2018, 2018 and 2019. His solo show Pickled Chimp Ears was held at Pallas Projects as part of its 2018 programme. He graduated with a BA in Fine Art from DIT in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Most Promising Graduate Award at the Talbot Gallery the same year. Lopez also holds an MFA in painting from NCAD (2016) and was the Tony O'Malley artist in residence for 2018/19. His work is held in public and private collections, including those of the OPW and Trinity College, Dublin.