Capturing surrealism with Simple People at RTIST

Capturing surrealism with Simple People at RTIST

CREATED ON // Tuesday, 01 July 2014 Author // Rachel Cook

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,


Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook has worked in both the queer and mainstream media for over a decade. Before becoming editor of Melbourne Community Voice, she was a producer for ABC radio. Between 2008 and 2012, Rachel was the editor of CHERRIE. In 2010 her book, A History of Queer Australia, was published and is currently in use in high schools across Australia.

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