Championed Artist

Overview

The works are charged with an invisible sense of otherness, triggering the viewer’s perceptive responses to queer imagery. Objects and bodies are depicted as a believable extension of our world, purposefully unabsorbed in themselves and placed with the aim to gaze back at the viewer while being beheld. 

Emanuel de Carvalho (Portuguese-Canadian) is a London-based visual artist. De Carvalho’s practice explores issues pertaining to fluidity of gender and identity. Bodies are depicted in performative stances, often the artist’s own, intertwined with inanimate structures and objects. The settings, often transitional urban or domestic spaces, reference current social changes being witnessed by society - a state of transition onto non-categorisation of individuals. The works are charged with an invisible sense of otherness, triggering the viewer’s perceptive responses to queer imagery. Objects and bodies are depicted as a believable extension of our world, purposefully unabsorbed in themselves and placed with the aim to gaze back at the viewer while being beheld. The absence of sexual imagery is an attempt at redressing the scarce representation of queer bodies in art historical canons whilst destabilising the hyper-sexualisation of queer identities and histories in contemporary art practices. The construction of compositions incorporates two basic elements that form the core of human perceptive response, flesh and chiasm, as described by the phenomenologist Merleau-Ponty. Bodies and objects (flesh) intersect (chiasm) and prompt individual responses to the images that are a direct reflection of our pre-conceived perceptions towards social and gender-identity categorisation. In this way, the paintings reference principles devised in Diderot’s Salons, which state that the painter’s task is to arrest, attract and enthral the beholder. De Carvalho questions that if perception is an acquired construct, moulded by experience and learning, it can also be subjected to self-reflection and potentially to change. 

Works
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Education 

2022 - 2023 MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London, UK 

2020 - 2022 Turps Art School
2018 - 2019 
Painting Modules 1 and 2, Slade School of Fine Arts, London, UK 

2013 - 2019  PhD University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

 

Solo Exhibitions 

2022, Upcoming, Guts Gallery, London, UK

 

Group Exhibitions

2022. VO Curations, London, UK

2022, Turps Gallery, London, UK

2022. Gallery Vacancy, Shanghai, China

2022. 'and this skin of mine, to live again a second time, Guts Gallery, London, UK

2022, Prior Art Space, Berlin, Germany 

2022, Turps Gallery On-site Final Show, London, UK 

2022, Salon, The Sunday Painter, London, UK

2022, Virile, House of St Barnabas, London, UK

2021, De nos jours, Osnova Gallery (Moscow, Russia) Off-site programme during Frieze, London, UK 

2021, AORA:III, AORA Space, London, UK 

2021, Medium Rare, Bermondsey Project Space, London, UK

2014, Atheist Iva, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2013, Dysthymia, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

2013, Upper Middle Under Land, Nuit Blanche, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

2013, Growing Between Spaces, Pup Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

Publications

2021, Art Maze Mag, Issue 24 

2021, It's Nice That 

2021, Haus-a-rest, The Underrepresented Issue

2016, Baahm (!), Tableau Paper, Oslo, Norway 

 

Press
Guts Exhibitions 
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