Capturing surrealism with Simple People at RTIST
We speak with Danish Melbourne-based artist Rasmus Sandberg Sloth about his upcoming exhibition.
How did painting begin for you?
Began early as part of retreatment therapy. Began enjoying to see the faces shape – and the process and excitement became an obsession.
Who and what would you say your influences are?
Definitely my design heritage; being from Denmark is a strong influential factor. Else all things cubistic and 1920 surrealism.
How would you describe your exhibition, Simple People?
Simple People is a lifelong commitment to capture all labels created by society behind primed lacquer and release the real people behind to show their ‘true colours’.
[Image] Artwork from Sloth's Simple People exhibition
Can you talk about your technique with this exhibition, which has been described as 'a series of portraits [which] imbue a sense of naïveté and child-like splendour that are simultaneously masterpieces of structured composition'?
All artworks are acrylic glue with lacquer poured on top. This gives a hard and glossy finish to make the pieces eclectic from different angles of perspective. All colours are Australian inspired colours. So some of the colours I have used are Australian gum tree, Australian sky blue [and] Australian Pacific blue. They all are colours that inspire me from this beautiful new continent that I now call home. It's very much a combination between my Danish artistic technique and execution combined with the colours of my new homeland. It's almost like the marriage between the two nations – a bridge.
What are you hoping people take away from this exhibition?
I just hope people like my art enough that they want to buy it. Beside that, I simply want people walking away from there with a smile on their face.
[Top image] Rasmus Sandberg Sloth. [Photo] Supplied
Simple People runs until July 8, RTIST Gallery, 27 St Edmunds Road Prahran, rtistgallery.com