signed, titled and dated 'DAN PERFECT 'BRUJO' 2005' (on the overlap)
oil and acrylic on linen
7218 x 10118in. (183.3 x 257cm.)
Painted in 2005
One in the Other, London.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2006.
London, Saatchi Gallery, Newspeak: British Art Now, 2010.
Adelaide, The Art Gallery of South Australia, Saatchi Gallery in Adelaide: British Art Now, 2011, p. 178 (illustrated in colour, p. 179).
Based in London, British painter Dan Perfect creates electrifying rhapsodies of line and colour, in which abstract shapes come together to form what he describes as 'imagined interior or psychological landscapes'. 'My paintings are full of experimentation', he explains. 'Everything is partial: masks, costumes, body parts, animals that are human, humans that are animals, things are taken apart and exploded.' Painted in 2005, the present work was inspired by Carlos Castaneda’s 1968 cultural thesis The Teachings of Don Juan, in which he describes an encounter with a ‘brujo’: a medicine man or sorcerer. With its rich psychedelic tapestry of abstract forms and smoke plumes, the painting conjures the mental fragmentation experienced by Castaneda: 'I like the idea of an anthropologist going out into the desert and being broken down', explains Perfect. Acquired by the Saatchi Gallery in 2006, the work was included in their exhibition Newspeak: British Art Now.
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