GR Gallery is pleased to announce "Ethereal Icons", the first solo exhibition of Teiji Hayama with the gallery, after previous collaborations. The show will reveal 16 fresh oil paintings on canvas, featuring the artist exemplary series that picture elusive movies, music and cultural icons from the sixties, but still rooted in today's popular imagery, with his signature distorted kaleidoscopic technique. On the second week of the exhibition will be released an exclusive limited edition print signed and numbered by the artist.
Opening reception: Thursday January 14, 4:00pm - 8:00pm (Exhibition Dates: January 15– February 13, 2021). Members of the press can contact GR gallery in advance to schedule a private viewing and an interview with the artist.
"Ethereal Icons" aims to showcase the unique creativity of Teiji Hayama by unveiling a new body of ground breaking works. Hayama's mainly greyscale paintings depict oddly distorted portraits with bored exhausted faces and iconic motley objects, inspired by old celebrities and other vintage symbols, always unified by the highest level of popularity. These glamorous models are ironically reimagined in an extra contemporary, but suspended, time frame by setting them in a sort of Social media mannerism and turning them into vintage influencers, confusing the visitor on his mass culture knowledge. With these premise the viewer is now ready to be thrown in a timeless and unique journey across the development of Pop imagery, accompanied by a multicolor Marylin Monroe, holding a Spalding basketball.