Graham’s Fine Art Gallery
12 October – 4 November 2017
Opening night: 12 October, 7pm
Graham’s Fine Art Gallery is proud to welcome contemporary artist, Christy Lee Rogers, this spring for her South African solo debut and new collection, Hybrids.
Often referred to as the contemporary counterpart of Baroque master painters like Caravaggio and Rubens, Christy Lee Rogers is known for capturing the hope and vulnerability of the human condition in her works. Her capacity to excite the senses while provoking the audience with vivacious movement and purpose, stirs our memory of the straining and cascading bodies, seasoned with emotion, of the Renaissance and Baroque art movements.
In her newest collection Hybrids, Rogers assembles hybrid human and flower beings, photographed underwater in her distinctive technique and style that have earned her international recognition. She then created watercolor and acrylic paintings that were meticulously layered into several of the final images. Inspired by Impressionist painters like Van Gogh and Monet, Baroque artist Jan Davidsz de Heem and contemporary pop artist Takashi Murakami, Rogers uses the flower as a powerful symbol to channel the depth of her heart and soul and respond to a world ripe with corruption and war, in the way she knows best.
From life to death, from passion to enlightenment, flowers have had many meanings throughout time. From youth, humility, faith, hope, the divine, beauty, to chastity, fertility, fragility, mourning, hope and rebirth; these blossoming fragile creatures have historically been one of the most alluring life forms on the planet, and yet one of the most transitory. Representing the ultimate beauty and the natural flow of Mother Nature, the flower has been an influential part of modern, Greek, Asian, Aztec, Egyptian, Chinese – and other – cultures and mythology.
This exhibition not only demonstrates her prolific use of the photographic medium to transform reality, but also her ethereal approach to life itself. One of Rogers’ favorite quotes, as expressed by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in The Little Prince is, “If someone loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that’s enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars”.
About the artist
Christy Lee Rogers is a visual artist, originally from Kailua, Hawaii. Her obsession with water as a medium for breaking the conventions of contemporary photography has led to her work being compared to Baroque painting masters like Caravaggio. Boisterous in color and complexity, Rogers applies her cunning photographic technique to a barrage of bodies submerged in water during the night. Rogers’ works have been exhibited internationally from Paris, London, Italy, Mexico City to Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Los Angeles and more, and are held in private and public collections throughout the world.
Most recently, Rogers is exhibiting at the Palazzo Bembo Collateral Exhibition during the 57th Venice Art Biennale. She has been featured in international magazines, including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Art China, Elle Decoration, Global Times, The Independent, Casa Vogue, Photo Technique, Photo Korea and others. Rogers’ “Reckless Unbound” is currently housed at Longleat House in the UK; the stately home, which is the seat of the Marquesses of Bath and also home to Renaissance gems of the Italian masters, like Titan’s “Rest on the Flight into Egypt”. Rogers’ art has been featured on several album covers, and in 2013, her images were selected for the 2013–2014 performance season of the Angers-Nantes Opera in France. Although she mainly still shoots in Hawaii, Rogers currently lives in Nashville, TN, where she also spends her time as a mother, filmmaker and musician.