Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Aegis - ASC Window Space 04/05/13 - 05/06/13

I am currently showing work at the ASC Window Space, London SE1 - more info here:


May 4, 2013 - June 5, 2013

tel: +44 (0)20 7274 7474
ASC Window Space
Erlang House, 128 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8EQ, UK

According to Homer’s Iliad, the aegis was a mythical piece of armour bestowed by the gods Zeus and Athena, bearing an image of the head of Medusa and offering divine protection. In common usage the term has come to mean a source of protection offered by a powerful benefactor.
These paintings depict suits of armour both as historic and cultural objects and as symbols of power, identity and disguise.
Tom Helyar-Cardwell’s practice sits within a tradition of contemporary object painting, with direct reference to the still life painting of the Northern Renaissance. Objects from various periods in cultural history are chosen for their potential to carry multi-layered meanings. These items are re-presented through painting as sites for symbolic narratives that reflect on the societies that produce and value them.
Helyar-Cardwell studied MA Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art, and is currently undertaking practice-based PhD research in painting at Chelsea College of Art & Design.