Rama King Nash 1976, MX
1976 Born in Mexico City
1990 - 2000 Drakabygget, Sweden
1993 Skolen for billedkunst, Copenhagen
1997 Academy of San Carlos, Mexico
1999 ”Il Bisonte”, Firenze
Pictures Come Together and Cultures Meet
By Erik Meistrup
That could be the short description of Rama King Nash and the pictures he create. He grew up and had his education in Mexico, and this had laid the basis for his way of viewing and re-create subjects. But, a member of the Nash clan, the very active way of Drakabygget of experiencing and reshaping the world has also had an impact on him, thus created a kind of fushion of different ways of viewing - a kind of sampling - where the Mexican and the Nordic unites and become an imagery of its own.
A common element in the Mexican and the Nashian viewing is the warmth that emanates from the pictures and invites the viewer into a special world of their own. With Rama, the warm earth colours, amongothers, provides the images with a kind of inner glow. Other cold colours, like blue, are affected, changing their character into something warm, yet mainstreaming an inner or encapsulated coolness, thereby giving the picture surface depth.
Another common feature are the strongly dawn contours, making the subjects seem sculpted on the canvas. The subjects are easily readable and understandable pictures from everyday life, often turned into icons, as if they belonged on a message board. But the graphic subjects are either placed before a background, or a kind of foreground has been drawn onto them, turning them into little stories. Stories of travels, of the encounter with the different, of love and erotic, of friendship, of the sun and the shadows or the innate character of the locations, e.g. location, house, city, landscape.
Rama King Nash is a modern pictorial storyteller, scooping away from the new frames defined by pop-art, the world of the narrative, audacious and free picture surface. Yet at the same time he fuses this modernity with something ancient - a style and expression reminiscent of the original cave paintings and frizes of cultures long gone. In other words: In Rama's works, the layers of sampling are of plenty, making facing his pictures a pleasurable journey.
|Last update: 30 January 2014|
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