Take medieval heroes, folk tale illustration and epic battlefields, and you have some idea of R.W.O Stones effervescent universe. Comfortable with a range of subject matter and processes, but beholden to none, Stone generates a variety of two-dimensional and sculptural works.
His exhibition at NuN gathers paintings, etchings, assemblage and ceramics, portraying incongruous figures of eccentric aesthetes. In the artist's iconography, noble colours, baroque compositions and fine ornaments are juxtaposed with grotesque mimics and hybrid motifs. Either in the traditional posture of the monarchical portrait, or in a scene of military conspiracy, the characters of "Kings in Exile" carry with them the weight of inadequacy and failed grandeur.
Stone says: "I hope to capture an atmosphere of atrophying heroism, a flamboyant bluster that on close inspection falls apart, but lasts just long enough to misdirect attention from the aberration apparent."
R.W.O Stone was born in London in 1981 and graduated from the Slade School of Art in 2005.
Book launch of "Intrinsic Decline: Selected Maudlin Hieroglyphics" by R.W.O. Stone, Berlin, 2013, available at Possible Books.
Photos: Pierre-Etienne Morelle