Iconic landmarks of London, including Savile Row, London Street, Victoria Station and the Parliament, provide the inspiration for Richard Ryan's latest artwork. The Santiago-born and Stockholm-based artist has released four new silkscreen prints.
Mr Ryan says the four images play on typical British traits such as Damian Hirst’s diamond skull, foxes, punk, tailors, beauty and history – all in an urban pad portrayal, seen through the eyes of a newcomer to the capital.
Savile Row, pictured, is a clever twist on the male-dominated era of opulence in the area. The woman in the print wears a modified three-piece suit, as first introduced by Yves Saint Laurent who challenged the male suit typecast with his creations.
The London Street print is punk perfection, with a rebellious figure in full ball gown with a pink coloured Sir Winston Churchill peeping over the woman’s shoulder in the right corner.
With inspiration from Damian Hirst’s mythical diamond skull, as seen on the passing red London bus, the London Victoria Station print calls upon the hype of modern British pop and art culture.
The Parliament was the last print to be created for the London portfolio, featuring Big Ben in the background and a woman on a scooter envisaged to be the French actress Audrey Tatou, playing on the link between France and the United Kingdom
The London portfolio is printed in 350 copies, all numbered and signed by the artist. See www.artnowfactory.se.