Felipe Chavez



In a new series of works, Felipe Chavez (London) explores the influence of the sun on the body. Thirteen years ago, he left his native Columbia for London, and as his skin became acquainted to British climes, he noticed how it turned lighter. This interaction between sun and skin is representative of displacement, but also of belonging and renewal. Felipe describes his use of ink and water as being sculptural, with his brushes used to carve negative space, construct texture, and build depth of shadow. Although the figure is based on himself, these are not self-portraits. Felipe refers to him as ‘the boy’, and here he is seen basking in the incandescent warmth of the sun.

Dr Matt Retallick