New Paintings by Andrea Dopaso “Exploring the Paradoxes of Human Spirituality” - London premiere - Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, May 15, 2012

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Andrea Dopaso, a Los Angeles based artist, presents her new paintings based on her skewed study of the sacred. Opening Tuesday May, 15th at the fourth edition of the Parallax international Art Fair at the magnificent Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, Chelsea, London. Her latest work has been inspired by the beauty, the rituals, the architecture and the craftsmanship devoted to the creation and preservation of the scriptures and holy texts. Astonished by the effort and blood invested to keep alive what was said before, that what remains constant.

we will breakthrough and transform or breakdown and end?

Andrea’s work has always explored the paradoxes of human spirituality and its delusions of dualism and separation. Always wondering about the future of our civilization and if we will breakthrough and transform or breakdown and end? Looking for her own answers she found herself exploring the meaning of what lies behind the stone-incrusted covers of our most precious beliefs.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she discovered her vocation and love for painting at the age of 6. At age 15 she began studying with master Anselmo Piccoli, a well-established constructivism and geometric painter who quickly became her mentor. She studied under Mr. Piccoli’s tutelage for almost a decade; and he was the first to present her work to the art world. During the same period she received her master of Architecture and Urban design. Later, attracted by the imaginary worlds created by the film industry, she moved to Los Angeles in 1990.

Hollywood opened it's arms offering her a sense of limitless. It gave her the opportunity to combine her love for painting and drawing with her love for architecture, and it provided the funding to create the incredible.

Recently Andrea formed part of the design team that created the latest generation of the Starship Enterprise. Her vision guided the design of the cityscapes for Spiderman to swing from, and her concept illustrations help envision the look and feel for many of the latest films.

Her latest paintings are heavily influenced by the work she was commissioned to create for the film Angels and Demons, designed by English production designer Alan Cameron. There she was immersed in a deeply religious subject, the mystery of the illuminati based on Dan Brown’s book.

“I was able to read the original Vatican ledgers, provided by the Getty Museum. Manuscripts inked in beautiful handwritten Italian, accounting for the art that was commissioned to Bernini by pope Urbano VIII; including how much he was paid and the conditions for the execution of his sculptures. To create a hand bound ledger; similar to what is found in the Vatican vaults, I did water color paintings to account for all the work Bernini produced in his life time."

Andrea’s work was shot extensively for multiple full screen close–ups and later published in a companion book.

“Immersed in a make believe world, your dreams become limitless, and the contrast with the real world is self-evident. On the inside everything is possible. On the outside chaos and uncertainty seem to be driving our civilization to the blink of destruction. I think that despite all the progress made by the human race in the last 400 years, we are not so far from the controversies the world faced in the times of Bernini and Galileo. I am disturbed by the observation of this aspect. We are seemingly blind to our actions, never apologizing for an uncontrollable quest for power. It feels as if all the dreams and hopes for a different answer were fading away and the religious institutions become not a solution to our despair, but part of it."

With her work Andrea opens a new door to keep the discussion open.

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