Sweet Dreams of Contentment
Digital , Oil , Resin Canvas
About the piece
‘Life is a dream, keeping us from sleep’ Oscar Wilde. The phrase ‘Impossible Interiors’, attempts to describe the nature of Brian Ord’s most recent work. Involving impossible interiors & exteriors, this new two dimensional work has evolved in recent years, from decades of sculptural activity. The works originate as small scale hand worked collage, appropriated from a wide variety of printed sources. These collages are then photographed at high definition & digitally printed, sometimes on a different scale, directly onto canvas. The canvases are then reworked with a range of materials and techniques, including polyester resin & oil paint. The original starting material often involves recent architectural imagery or household interiors of various kinds. The illusionistic end products attempt to comment on issues involving the contemporary house & home, and are in particular, a political comment on the futile pursuit of domestic perfection. They are also a parody of the original appropriated source material. Influenced by early renaissance paintings, with their imperfect attempts at perspective, they attempt to draw comparisons with the distortions now created by the over efficient use of modern wide angled camera lenses.The work is influenced by cinema, as much as it is by photography, sometimes echoing the shape of the screen via the canvas. Some of the titles & imagery also reflect this. Although these works primarily echo the unattainability of domestic utopia, recently they have also involved hotels, referencing similar escapist fantasies.
Commissions of Clients own Living Spaces
I also produce commissioned collages from photographs provided by individuals, of their own houses / living spaces, based on my concept of ‘Impossible Interiors’, utilising the same illusionistic devices employed in my paintings. I produce a number of photographic collages using the images provided, that the client is then asked to choose one of these collages to be reproduced as a Digital Print on a larger scale, which is then worked on via Oil Paint & Resin as a finished object on canvas. The client then gets all of the unframed original photo collages, as well as the final Digital Canvas Print/ Painting. The charge for all of this (including Gallerique commission & shipping costs) is $5000.
The final objects can be printed to the scale of your choice. Although one side must be no more than 30ins, because of the technology involved, the other side can be larger if desired eg. 30ins x 60ins, 30ins x30ins, 50ins x30ins etc.
About the artist
Brian Ord studied at Chelsea School of Art. He has exhibited his sculpture throughout the UK and the World, including; ArhusKunstforening-Denmark, Bronwen White Gallery-New Orleans, Arts Council Gallery-Belfast, Galerie Noran-Germany, Centrum BeeldendeKunst-Gronongen/ Holland, Bergens Kunstforening-Norway, Tampera Taidemuseo-Finland, Central House of the Artists-Moscow, Latvia Academy of Art-Riga, King Plow Art Centre-Atlanta/Georgia, Lewers Gallery-N.S.W./Australia, Artists Union Gallery-Bratislava/Slovakia, Webster University-St Louis/Misourri, University of Maryland-Baltimore, Thomas K. Laing Gallery-Vienna. 'The Discerning Eye’ Mall Galleries, London, John Bloxham Gallery, London, ‘The Art of Giving, Saatchi Gallery, London, ‘Firstgrowth’ 1st St Gallery, New York City.
Residencies include; Atlanta-Georgia/USA, Western Sydney University-Australia, Schleswig Holstein- Germany.
He has recently been working on a series of works called ‘Impossible Interiors’ Recent Shows of this work include; ‘Objects & Interiors’ Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London, Jan-15 ‘Impossible Interiors’ Newcastle Art Centre, Jul-15 ‘Home Comforts’ Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London, Dec-15 Brian Ord was a featured artist in –‘Paint Pulse Magazine’ Boston, USA, May-15 Shortlisted for - Gemini Art Prize, Mener Gallery, London, September 2015, Featured in the Singapore Affordable Art Fair, Singapore, November 2015.
Shortlisted for the Marchionni Prize , June 2016, MAGMMA Museum, Sardinia, Italy.‘Sweet Dreams of Contentment’, Brian Ord, Val Close, Pete ScottThe Customs House , Tyne & Wear, June / July 2016Arts Council Award Arts Gemini 2016, Asia House, London, Sep-16 The Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London, November 2016 ‘House & Hotel’, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, November 2016 ‘CanCan’, LemoArt Gallery, Berlin, Germany, May 2017 The Annex Collection Purchase – Shortlisted Artist April 2017.