My first private view in real life this year, this exhibition at James Freeman gallery shows what artist Daniel Hosego has been working on over the past 14 months when he felt like the prisoner of the title.
I’ve long been an admirer of Daniel’s precisely drawn works referencing the greats of Renaissance art (note his Albrecht Dürer inspired signature), combining historical references with commentary on our world.
He calls himself a failed writer but I can’t agree as his drawings create such a multi-layered narrative for us to explore and get lost in. In the past, artists used to encode their paintings with mythological references for the erudite viewer to discover – Daniel does the same for us with our cultural knowledge. There’s plenty to enjoy, even if you don’t spot all the art jokes.
Drawings are first created with pen and ink then translated into one-off screen prints on acrylic.
Here’s a recent commission for Hermès. First the drawing, then the tonal print.