03/09/2021 - 31/10/2021
New Work - Photography
Paul Cupido - 4am
4 a.m is the first UK solo exhibition from Dutch photographer, Paul Cupido (b.1972).
Cupido’s photographic practice centres around the search for beauty in the ephemerality of life. His affinity for the natural world was initially born out of a childhood spent on the island of Terschelling, Netherlands, and informed his interest in reflecting the impermanence and fleetingness of life through the changing seasons, the ebb and flow of tides, and the cycles of the moon.
The influence of Japanese art and philosophical principles – especially that of ‘mu’ permeates Cupido’s creative practice. An important concept in Zen tradition and Buddhist teaching, the term mu in Japanese translates loosely as “have not” or “without”.
Ephemeral, abstract and dream-like, Cupido’s work is inspired by Japanese photography as well as his travels there. His subjects encompass landscape, portraiture, and still life; presenting stylised compositions in which shadowy figures float in abstracted settings, and natural forms emerge from darkness - complete, but seemingly unattached to the concrete world.