This September, The Lighterman launches its first solo exhibition. ‘The Hollow Man’ features 17 paintings by Felipe Chavez displayed across all three floors of the restaurant. The exhibition showcases Felipe’s recent artistic exploration of Indian ink on paper, combined with his interest in the human form and how gender and identity may, or may not, be connected to the human experience. All works are available for sale.
With this solo exhibition, Felipe offers a fresh take on masculinity. He has created a sea of organic, almost anthropomorphic shapes that pay homage to the tangible aspects of the masculine entity. Inspired by knuckles, muscles, hair and other bodily elements, his isolating of man’s physical characteristics reveals both an interpretation of what Felipe admires in the human body and poses a challenge to our assumptions of what makes a man.
Felipe’s conceptual compositions harmoniously disrupt The Lighterman’s heavy and portentous structure. The minimalist, bright space complementing the emptiness of the work’s white background. Stepping away from the prevalent bright-coloured visuals of queer art, his black-and-white collection is an artistic interpretation of the queer community, which is purer, but just as powerful.
About the Artist
Felipe Chavez is a contemporary artist, born in Colombia and now working in London. After discovering a fascination for conceptualism over structures, he withdrew his application for a degree in architecture in order to concentrate on his fine art practice. Self-taught, Felipe draws inspiration from artists such as sculptor Emil Alzamora, and painters Egon Schiele and Marlene Dumas.
Represented by 508 Gallery in Chelsea, London, he is the winner of the Windsor & Newton Product Prize at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour exhibition and of the 2018 Wildlife Artist of the Year in the Urban category.
You can find Felipe exhibiting at this year’s New Artist Fair in September and Roys Art Fair in October.