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Tremendous

Ferrari Sheppard

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17.11.2022 | 20.12.2022
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MASSIMODECARLO is pleased to present Tremendous Ferrari Sheppard’s first European solo exhibition in Europe with the gallery. On this occasion, the gallery will also present Walking Together at its Parisian space, MASSIMODECARLO Pièce Unique (from November 17th to 19th).

“Tremendous” scans the human condition through the lens of the subconscious in order to present viewers with something pleasant to contemplate.

Humanity in relation to nature is a common thread, weaving together the dreamscape. The figures and flowers represent the inner emotional life of a spirit.

The work delivers us to a safe space where we can examine important aspects of life we might not otherwise be able to appreciate - such as vivid landscapes of dreams.

The works convey a dreamlike state in which people and places become ephemeral.

- Ferrari Sheppard

Tremendous expands on Sheppard’s ongoing exploration into memorialising and honouring the beauty and delicacy of the human experience. Through poetic brushstrokes and brilliant gold accents, the works quietly yet defiantly radiate across the gallery space. New works on show see the artist exploring the natural world as a background for his trademark organic figures, rendered in acrylic and charcoal and elaborated with 24-karat gold leaf.

The series imagines figures in dreamscapes anchored by intimacy and domesticity, depicting moments of love, solitude, and leisure across mid-to-large-scale canvases. Sheppard scans the human condition through the lens of the subconscious to present viewers with moments of sublime contemplation.

In works such as Gate of Light, 2022 Sheppard captures a woman against a backdrop of bright flowers; in A New Day, 2022 lovers are depicted laying together in bed, cigarette in hand. Other works present groups of people in moments of suspended interaction; in Angels in Play, 2022 Sheppard shows a group of cheerleaders, some flying through the air.

Whether in solitude or company, enjoying moments of jubilation or quiet contentment, Sheppard’s figures appear in command, in control of any dreams they are manifesting.

Marking a departure from previous exhibitions, alongside figuration Sheppard includes works such as Autumn Flowers and Forget Me Not (both 2022), which present abstracted still lifes of flower vases. Shown in conversation with the wider works, they help promote a sustained sense of domesticity, romance and quietude.

Sheppard’s practice is inspired by Renaissance-era master storytellers of hyperrealism including Michelangelo and Caravaggio but heralds a new visual approach to figuration. Across large canvases he combines acrylic, charcoal, and 24k gold to illuminate, intensify and celebrate his subjects.

Like the vivid dreamscapes on show, his brushstrokes create a blurred vision of people and places that make the everyday become precious, ephemeral moments captured on the canvas.

The Artist

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Ferrari Sheppard

法拉利·谢波特1983年生于芝加哥,现工作居住在洛杉矶。谢波特塑造的人物从线条的张力中浮现,其画面像是抽象与具象的不断拉扯。谢波特画中的人物形象是对美国及世界上所有黑人人种的赞美和致敬。艺术家往往会象征性地在作品中加入金箔,并参考早期文艺复兴和街头文化的符号。


法拉利·谢波特曾在非洲生活多年,将坦桑尼亚、埃塞俄比亚和南非部分地区视为家乡。谢波特除了作为画家,也是作家、摄影师、活动家和唱片制作人。尽管谢波特已在音乐行业取得成功,他仍首先将自己称为视觉艺术家。


谢波特在芝加哥艺术学院获得优异奖和总统奖学金毕业后,曾担任记者,采访过M.I.A., Little Dragon, Earl Sweatshirt, 和 Erykah Badu等艺术家。其艺术创作在许多方面取得进步,从具象现实主义到混合抽象,常使用金箔以丰富作品的视觉效果,捕捉光线并突出它在作品中的存在感。自此以后,谢波特的作品经常在洛杉矶、巴黎、纽约、伦敦和布鲁塞尔等城市展出。

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