“After the Masters” series
The postmodernist approach of re-interpreting iconic pieces of art history has been undertaken by countless significant artists. Behind this impulse is the desire to establish continuity and to reconnect to the tradition of historical models. Alea Pinar Du Pre’s ‘After the Masters’ series is a fascinating new interpretation of exemplary Renaissance paintings, viewed from the perspective of the digital age.
The artist pays respect to the fine craftsmanship of this historical era in executing her work with exceptional attention to detail in a labour-intensive, unique technique. She disrupts the perfect proportions and classical compositions of these time-worn paintings, only to re-compose and revitalise them utilizing an illusionist effect.
The underlying thought, which mediates the break and re-establishment of our bond with history, immediately captures the mind of the observer. By intertwining past with present, this series creates a pathway that superimposes the culture of the 21st century’s instant imagery onto a painstakingly hand-crafted past.
Du Pre has chosen some of the defining images of a past in conscious contrast to our experience of the present. These paintings that appear to reflect a more ordered and tranquil world are then infused with the energy of our times: digital, dynamic and disruptive. In the thick of experiencing the fourth industrial revolution and the uncertainties of the environmental crises and post-truth politics, she traces the paths of our past to seek clues to our future as humans.
“These days we are more and more severed from our collective past. I feel that this estrangement brings with it a big loss and by that I don’t mean the esthetical apprehension of the past, but a loss of wisdom, maturity and identity.”
‘After the Masters’ playfully builds a new bridge between past and present, the analogue and the digital. It questions the meaning of current events, the momentum of rapidly developing technology and our cultural heritage. It invites us to consider how our own society’s iconic relationship with technology will be seen in the future. It reaches a hand towards who we were, while we are becoming something completely new.
Alea Pinar Du Pre is an internationally established mid-career artist currently living and working in both Amsterdam and Istanbul. Her inquisitive mind finds inspiration mainly in areas such as science, science-fiction, history and anthropology. Du Pre has been continuously developing radically new and innovative approaches to painting in which she mixes digital art with ‘the real world’. Active since 2008 her works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows as well as art-fairs throughout the US, the UK, France, Belgium, Austria, Turkey, Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, etc. Her works are part of significant private and corporate collections like Ferko Holding, Sabanci Holding, Koc Holding, Bora Collection, Odeabank, ICBC Bank and many more.