Originally from South West Bristol, C.R. Thomas known as Copyright has been covering the streets of London with his mysterious women for the past 5 years.
Butterfly met up with the artist to discuss his new UK solo show, Equal Opposites.
Find our interview after the jump.
Butterfly: What is your new show Equal Opposites about?
Copyright: It’s not as extreme as a duality, but it shows two versions of the same thing. How two different people look at the same person and see different aspects. The situation is the same, the only difference is in the perception.
B: Can you describe your paintings?C: There is a story behind all of the paintings. In this example, it’s the same person on both paintings. On the left she is showing her fiering personality and aggressivity. The flip side of the image is a calmer version, where she is in love. Tatoos illustrate her feelings.
This is a serie of six paintings representing religion, and how religions are ironically based on the same texts but interpreted differently. Conflicts are caused by people seeing religions in different ways.
The painting on the left is about an ancien Greek story. Glauce stole the heart of a guy called Jason (Jason Quest for the Golden Fleece) who was already married. As a wedding gift to the bride, the ex-wife presented a golden crown, which was actually poisoned.It was a peace offering with deadly consequences, hence the skulls and flowers. The other two paintings represent Juliet (from Romeo and Juliet) in a Japanese style.
B: There is a lot of Asian influence in your paintings. Where does it come from?
C: Since I was a kid, I loved Japanese cartoons and robots. I had a solo show in Tokyo last year. The trip to Tokyo was amazing, seeing everything I dreamt of as a kid. When I came back from Tokyo, these are the first paintings I did.
It’s the same geisha girl, but one is called Filth, the other one Purity.
I wanted to focus on the expression, but not on the face. One person might see a geisha as a very beautiful woman, very pure, soft. Another person might it as a lady of the night. Again, the tatoos tell the story. I also used different processes and painting techniques: Purity is very clean on nice wood. Filth on cardboard and posters, found around Bristol.
More photos from the show by Butterfly HERE
Copyright – Equal Opposites
Zero Cool Gallery
Red Bull Studios, London
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