‘Southern Wilderness’ by Gary Fernandez
The Spanish artist’s collection of arresting images stretch the imagination with a fantastical fusion of figure and fiction.
Hailing from Madrid, Fernández is bringing his anticipated collection titled “Southern Wilderness” to Perth and Sydney for an exclusive exhibition in September.
Southern Wilderness is an imaginary journey through a magical, whimsical and surreal American South.
It’s the place where the unreal crosses the thin line and merges with the real; where Brown Thrashers, squirrels
and rabbits dwell with fantastic fauna, five-legged beasts and witches in foggy forests filled with old trees that
whisper and stir in the night. It is there that the son of the rabbit and squirrel becomes a Contortionist, and where
bees tear the wings from butterflies, trying to steal their beauty and where birds fight to the death.
Fernández has recently published a book called “Introduction to Fantastic Girls, Future Landscapes & The Most Beautiful Birds Ever Seen”. He transforms the environment, taking the beauty of the world as we know it, nature, birds and femininity, and creates the scene into something magical.
“My work is about exploring ideas, and imagery and giving them life. It’s about thinking how something could be with a twist. It’s about extrapolating meanings and seeing what happens.”
His corporate client list is impressive from fashion icons Dolce and Gabbana to to advertising heavies DDB, McCann Erickson, JWT and Grey to super brands such as Coca Cola and Nokia. His illustrations have graced countless magazines around the world and have appeared in numerous books.
This exhibition features an exclusive limited run of his works, some original pieces and beautiful sculptures.
Southern Widerness will include an exclusive limited run of his works, some original pieces and sculptures and will be on display at gallery 140 in Perth from the 6th to the 8th of September and Friends of Leon Gallery in Sydney from the 20th of September to the 14th of October.