Custom House Studios + Gallery are pleased to host Light Catchers by Oscar Fouz Lopez.
Light Catchers is an exhibition of new works by the artist Oscar Fouz Lopez.
Nature and the metaphor of the spiritual journey have been at the centre of my recent interests. My work featured characters that seemed to be absorbed in their own minds and traveling through different surreal looking landscapes. My newest paintings focus on the idea of a group of people living and thriving in a campsite in the heart of the forest. I am not reaching for a utopian concept, but a way of living that is possible and achievable. The work shows people living together in nature, enjoying the simple things of life such as dancing and telling stories. I am stripping back living to its straightforward, pure, uncomplicated, and joyful essence. Unlike William Golding’s novel, The Lord of the Flies, I see the positive in human nature, and understand goodness as the strongest driving force.
Just before the pandemic began, I went on a trip to the redwood forests of California. Being there and walking among some of the oldest trees on the Earth was a once in a lifetime experience. I felt so small and at peace. The settings for the paintings are based on those landscapes.
While I was there, I visited the De Young Museum in San Francisco where I discovered the textiles of the Navajo tribe and was struck by the vibrancy and colours of their woven blankets and rugs. The sacred art of weaving is engrained in their culture since they believe that the Universe was woven together by the Spider Mother. I thought this idea was beautiful and was amazed at how the activities of the Navajo people are totally aligned with their belief of the Universe: doing and being are one. My work is a homage to this truthfulness.
My paintings merge the real with the imaginary, allowing for new realities to open up and draw the viewer in. Each painting works as a snapshot, providing a window on this world of the Light Catchers, who dwell in luxuriant nature.
Oscar Fouz Lopez is a Spanish-born artist who lives and works in Dublin. His work has featured in group exhibitions such as, Insider Art (2016) in MCE, Belfast, Everything is in Everything, (2019) in the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, and Chrysalis, (2021) in the Molesworth Gallery, Dublin. He was also selected for The Annual Show at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. Recent solo shows include, Pickled Chimp Ears held at Pallas Projects as part of its 2018 programme, and Don’t Look Back, Baby, (2020) in the Molesworth Gallery, Dublin. He graduated with a BA in Fine Art from DIT in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Most Promising Graduate Award at the Talbot Gallery the same year. Lopez also holds an MFA in painting from NCAD (2016) and was the Tony O’Malley artist in residence for 2018/19. His work is held in public and private collections, including those of the OPW and Trinity College, Dublin.