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Sage Vaughn: Children of a Lesser God

Work by Sage Vaughn

Exhibition preview

CHILDREN of a Lesser God, the first UK solo exhibition by LA-based artist Sage Vaughn, will be on display at Lazarides from May 5 to June 4, 2011.

Introducing a brand new series of paintings, Children of a Lesser God furthers the artist’s exploration into notions of control and release as well as the fundamental need for survival, love and liberty.

Vaughn’s new works manifest these concepts through bleak, dystopian cityscapes that he juxtaposes with child-like imagery and untouched scenes of nature.

Gradations of oil paint are slowly built up layer by layer with brilliantly hued subjects taking centre stage within a muted urban backdrop of dreamy pastels. Wild animals run freely through the urban setting and masked children void of inhibitions heroically feature within downtrodden neighborhoods.

Such imagery embodies the limits of humankind’s ability to outright conquer the exterior world as well as completely repress inner desires. As Vaughn explains: ‘These compulsory wild impulses propel both the feral and the tame throughout our lives, causing beautiful and sometimes savage moments.’

Children of a Lesser God invites the audience to project their own thoughts about personal existence irrespective of location. Through the contrast of minutely detailed wildlife and child superheroes against diaphanous cityscapes, Vaughn’s body of work provides an eerily familiar setting, which somehow both comforts and inspires his audience with designs of visionary freedom.

Admission: Free.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 7pm.

Lazarides Rathbone, 11 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1HR

Tel: + 44 (0)207 636 5443