Whilst residing in Cardiff the artist brighten up the city of Cardiff painting under the name of Colour Doomed for many years – whereas since moving on to more exotic places like Berlin and London he’s now painting under the pseudonym of Wasp Elder.
In April 2017 Wasp Elder ventured to the London suburb of Camden Town to assist in a long running project to help brighten up a local housing estate.
Since it’s inception the ‘Art for Estates’ project has invited over 30 artists to the Chalk Farm Housing Estate to help transform the drab, bricked structures into something a bit more vibrant for the 900 people who live on the ageing London estate.
Wasp Elder painted on the building known as Rugmere on the estate and created this work that he has titled ‘Landscape and Heather‘
Using a muted colour palette and a range of brushes and techniques the artist created this man set amongst a landscape and some heather.
There’s something quite unsettling about the whole composition though, the closeness of the heather, the wideness of the valley and the abstract shape framing the man.
Is it framing him within or framing something else out!?
Shall I question whose hand is that behind his head?
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Whilst the man is the main focus to the left – a great, possibly Welsh, landscape dominates the rest of the wall to the right.
This was painted just as Wasp Elder’s first solo show in London was about to launch in the 1963 Gallery which featured new work as part of his ‘Victims of Circumstance‘ show.
“Exhibiting canvases populated by enigmatic souls and unstressed backgrounds, inviting a sentiment of an obscure journey. His drawings, paintings and films present an evocative combination of solitary figures, collaged scenes, close-ups, obscured features, and allude to potential catastrophes.” – 1963 Gallery