Interweaving his own interpretations with intelligence and wit, the arresting paintings detail our complex history as a global society and urge viewers to confront what the world’s crowning achievements were once perceived to be, and what they will be in the future based on the actions we collectively make today.
The exhibition sees Theodore embark upon a new direction both in terms of the technique – for the first time, he turns his hand to painting with oil – and inspiration. Drawing his focus to history’s regal anarchists, this new series alludes to a number of significant, culturally historic moments which Theodore has reinterpreted in his own, signature style. The works – all of which have symbolic importance – achieve the illusion of reworking history through a number of vivid scenes drawing attention to tribalism and the chaos and corruption of modern civilisation. Theodore’s provocative re-imaginings, with their colourful iconography and layered symbols, challenge the viewer to explore a time before Western society ran the world.
Theodore boasts a colourful personality which he seeks to share with the world through his artistic creations. He is renowned for making his art accessible to everyone and not confining his work exclusively to galleries having most recently collaborated with Puma to bring his soulful, introspective style to the brand’s Suede’s 50th anniversary.