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Image: Jaisen Yates, New Wave Theatre Syndrome – 2017 – oil on canvas – 70 x 60 cm

Painter, sculptor and installation artist Jaisen Yates returns to Newcastle’s Abject Gallery from Saturday 6th October-Saturday 3rd November for his second exhibition at the versatile arts space.

The artist will be working in residence at the gallery, in preparation for his forthcoming exhibition tour of China and Europe (he’s already returned from a successful show at the Museum of Modern Art in Hubei), and will continue to press forward in his explorations into the unique. His current exhibition, Monochrome Coloured Autophobia (autophobia is a fear of isolation), features monochromatic images with added elements of bright colour, some appear so smooth and perfect as to be slightly nightmareish; the oil paint and spray paint portrait of Feral Child, for instance, could’ve come right out of an overexposed photograph from Walking Dead; while the smudge of bright pink lipstick on the lips of a young boy in New Wave Theatre Syndrome turns an innocent image overtly sexual.

Jaisen’s work features elements of a magical realism combined with street art aesthetic, often making them feel surreal and bizarre.


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