Title: Light Hero
Size: 130h x 97w x 3d cm (51.2h x 38.2w x 1.2d in)
Media: Graphite, charcoal, acrylic and luminous paint on paper mounted on wood panel.
Frame: Mounted on board, ready to hang as is.
'“Light Hero" is a hero who didn’t want to become one. The mask represents a symbol of bravery, but at the same time is a cover to hide from the world, with her sadness and sweetness. Can someone fight with this distracted and disappointed attitude? Can someone be a hero? Of course!
Technically, I used a long process of graphite and charcoal on paper glued on wood panel. Many layers of graphite fixed with many other layers of water and glue. Realistic details have been added with colour pencils, using varnish to enhance the stickers appearance. The backgrounds are a gradient obtained by working on layers with charcoal and graphite powder. The glow details were made with luminous spray paint.' Lantomo, 2021
Light Hero' is a new original artwork by Lantomo, the pseudonym of Antonella Montes, an Italian artist based in Barcelona. The passion for drawing, inherited from her mother, has been a constant in her life. She studied architecture in Italy (Rome and Genoa); later moving to Spain to pursue studies in scenography and exhibition design.
Since 2010, Lantomo has been devoted to her painting practice and what was a personal passion has become her primary activity. As part of this journey, she lived for nearly two years in Beijing, China, something that left an indelible trace in her work. Her drawings seem to become ever more accurate and precise, emphasising the hyperreal nature of her portraits. She continues to use primarily black but with touches of red, blue as well as fluorescent tones.
"My artistic practice is focused on creating realistic portraits that allow me to represent and convey a wide range of emotions and states of mind. The portraits I create often embody a feeling of isolation and introspection, surrounded by silence. Memory, fears and feelings of loneliness in our society are themes that captivates me.
The primary medium I use is graphite that allows me to create grayscale images complemented with touches of color against a uniform background that is often black but sometimes strong bold colours like red or blue. As part of my process I clean the image until I arrive at a minimalist composition (probably something I carry with me from my training as an architect), as nothing should distract from the feeling I want to express.
That’s why I use silhouettes and symbols taken from street art in my visual language as this helps me represent personal experiences and universal concepts.
I draw inspiration from the iconography and classic drawings from traditional Asian art (especially Chinese and Japanese) characterised by an avoidance of any excess of decoration. My subjects are mainly female, proud and visibly melancholic."
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