Coconut Reef, 2019, oil on canvas, 122x92cm

Same Same, 2019, oil on canvas, 122x92cm

Repeat After Me, 2019, oil on canvas, 122x92cm

Magic Eye, 2018, oil on canvas, 122x92cm

Strange Brew, 2019, oil on canvas, 122x92cm

Repeat Value, 2018, oil on canvas, 122x86cm

Kaleidoscope Eyes, 2019, oil on canvas, 122x92cm

Wet Dream, 2019, oil on canvas, 122x92cm

Idyll examines the unobtainable nature of the exotic in the western canon. Through the repeated use of extravagant visual clichés Idyll asks the question, can something be exotic and real at the same time? In the work, motifs are seen through a filter. Echoed across the canvas objects are fetishised, dragged and layered. The heightened hue and glitchy rendering emulate a digital aesthetic referencing the screen and technology as an artifice to a seductive realm. Idyll suspends the mystery of the exotic; strange, compelling yet unobtainable.

© 2019 by Josh Simpson