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proudly presents


THE SANDS OF PACTOLUS
Gromyko Semper

         -  and  -


Book Launch

The Encyclopaedia of
Fernal Affairs

by Liba W Stambollion, Gromyko Semper,
Bruce Rimmell  & 111 other artists




Opens Thursday 7pm,
May 28, 2015


VENUE:
Artzpace
1, Nassim Road #02-02
Singapore 258458


 

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"It all starts like magic... a sudden gush of inspiration, a hymn, a whisper, an idea comes to mind, conscious of unconscious... phantoms or spirits or whatever other names they are called... premonitions and visions... automatisms and paranoiac visages... sometimes they come to me when I'm reading, other times they go as empty vessels...then I begin to create…"  
- Gromyko Semper

 
Gromyko Semper (b. 1985) is a self-taught artist whose works have travelled far beyond his own country, having exhibited in Germany, the United States, Portugal, France, Russia, Austria, Australia, Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom. 
 
Semper's drawings are executed in the manner of Japanese wood-block prints, whilst embodying  a personal, invented mythology like William Blake and J.R.R. Tolkien; the symbolists, surrealists and decadents; and up to and including British artist Patrick Woodroffe’s Mythopoeikon (1976) and The Pentateuch of the Cosmogony (1979) and the forerunner of Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, the visionary, Ernst Fuchs. Whilst Semper's work has some affinity with Albretch Durer's woodblock style, it stands apart, drawing on Filipino supernatural folk traditions, Christianity, Jungian psychology, the mysteries of the Kabala and Gnostics whilst employing elements of quantum mechanics, alchemy, world mythology, the occult, classical art symbolism, art nouveau and erotic drawings. 
 
In 2009, Semper together with Mexican Hector Pineda co-edited the book, Imagine the Imagination - new visions of Surrealism, in which he was also featured. In 2015, he co-curated The Encyclopaedia of Fernal Affairs with Liba W. Stombollion.
 
Sands of Pactolus is Semper's first solo show in Singapore.   

B O O K   L A U N C H
 

 
Artesan Gallery + Studio is delighted to launch The Encyclopaedia of Fernal Affairs, in Singapore, in tandem with its international launch  at Bash Gallery in San Francisco, USA. The book is a contemporary exploration of Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights. An eclectic community of 114 internationally acclaimed artists including Ernst Fuchs, Martin Wittfooth, Beksinkski, Alex Grey, Mu Pan, Madeline Von Foerster and Sandra Yagi, they span the genres of low brow, visionary, pop surrealism, magic realism and fantasticism. 

A special exhibition featuring some of the artists in the book, will be launched by Artesan in Singapore in 2016.
 

About The Artist

Born in 1985 and based in Cabanatuan City, the Philippines, Gromyko Semper is a self-taught artist whose works have travelled far beyond his native Philippines. At just 30 years of age, he has already exhibited extensively internationally, including Germany, the United States, Portugal, France, Russia, Austria, Australia, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom. 
 
Semper's drawings are executed in the manner of Japanese wood-block prints, whilst embodying a personal, invented mythology like William Blake and J.R.R. Tolkien. He is inspired by the symbolists, surrealists and decadents up to and including British artist Patrick Woodroffe’s Mythopoeikon (1976) and The Pentateuch of the Cosmogony (1979) and the forerunner of Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, the visionary, Ernst Fuchs. Whilst Semper's work has some affinity with Albretch Durer's woodblock style, it stands apart, drawing on Filipino supernatural folk traditions, Christianity, Jungian psychology, the mysteries of the Kabala and Gnostics whilst employing elements of quantum mechanics, alchemy, world mythology, the occult, classical art symbolism, art nouveau and erotic drawings. 
 
Gromyko see his artwork as a mystic revelation of a hitherto unknown mythos and pantheon, a synthesis of Jung, Kabala, Gnosticism, and various archetypes borrowed from the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean, the Middle and Far East to encode a synthesis of his own view.

Semper’s works have been featured numerous times in publications specializing in the Visionary/Fantastic/Surreal art genres. In 2012, he was included in Liba Warring Stambollion’s colophon/book Divining the Dream published in Paris, France - Semper was published a the top names of the aforementioned genres. He was also included in the encyclopedia of surrealism, the Lexicon Surreal, published in Vienna, Austria, and edited by Professor Gerhard Habarta. He is an internationally recognized voice of the Visionary Art movement.

In 2009, Semper together with Mexican Hector Pineda co-edited the book, Imagine the Imagination - New Visions of Surrealism, in which he was also featured. In 2015, in conjunction with the international travelling exhibition The Garden of Fernal Delights, Semper together with Liba W. Stombollion co-curated and published The Encyclopedia of Fernal Affairs.
 
 



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On August 2014, Artesan launched its floating gallery concept initating pop up exhibitions, artist residencies and projects in Singapore and all over the world. In October 2015, Artesan will launch the first Southeast Asian platform at the Florence Biennale.
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