Astor has held a number of sell out exhibitions with Trinity House in recent years, and we are excited to welcome him back to our London gallery this October. The exhibition will preview on Thursday 4th October, and will continue until Saturday 27th October.
Floating Colours explores the relationship of both dark and light juxtaposing this with contrasting colours and complete absence of colour. Working in a style that is synonymous with the artist, the picture’s surface is constructed from layered paint, sometimes more than thirty layers deep, in an array of extremely bold and stimulating colours. Through his paintings, Salcedo explores emotional and existential concepts, rather than figurative subject matter. He hopes paintings will give the viewer an internal experience.
Astor Milan Salcedo photographed in his studio.
Astor Milan Salcedo was born in Madrid, Spain in 1969, the child of Colombian parents. His father was a renowned journalist and Astor was exposed to and inspired by the world of media at an early age. Beginning as a fashion portrait photographer in the 90‘s he went on to live in various countries, experiencing diverse cultures. Such influences are visibly evident in his work today.
During a fascinating career in documentary filmmaking, winning him a prestigious television award, he simultaneously worked in interdisciplinary art fields before following his heart and indulging his love of contemporary art.
Astor Salcedo at work in his studio.
Astor’s great variety and depth of experience taught him many techniques which free him to express his inner feelings via diverse methods. By applying multiple layers with a variety of tools such as brushes, different spatulas – and even by hand – Astor invites observers to dive into a multitude of colours and to explore endless forms and shapes on canvas, paper and with photography.
His insatiable curiosity for politics, society and the arts are the sources of his creations. Astor’s two foremost topics are – the imperative balance between mankind and nature (a vital aspect in our every day lives) – and our constant emotional struggle to reach personal happiness which is eminent but differing in every culture and society.
Embracing his positive approach to life, his abstracts are lush in colour and invigorating for both mind and soul.