Metamorphica & The Danse Macabre is an ongoing project drawing inspiration from mythology, symbolism, pop culture and contemporary fashion, by London-based artist Paul Kinsley Squire. Molecule came across Paul’s work by chance while looking through the printed work by a UK-based print studio we recently started to work with. Paul’s pieces stood out with an undeniable clarity, partly quirky, partly intense, and with a contemporary urban edge, a bit from cartooning and beautiful sketching.
There was something unique about the line, using a digital pen & tablet, a framework is digitally drawn in exquisite detail and then meticulously colored, to create the finished artwork. The subjects, are human bodies with animal heads as in totemic-power animal hybrid affirmations, or new symbolic references to a world gone mad, and in very much need of rethinking its cultural archetypes. With theatrical cone light as background, the subjects are even more enhanced, as ‘on the spot’. They appear either as heroic or decadent, as a criticism to the establishment or poised to save humanity. It’s up the the viewer to make a personal conclusion.
“These animal headed hybrids and dead beat fashionistas mix humans with paganistic totemism and skeletal decadence, resulting in a highly stylised ultra modern icon.” Paul Kinsley Squire
In All’s the World’s a Stage for example, we pick up the symbolism of the Owl as spirit animal. The Owl sees in the dark, it represents a time to face the shadows. The Owl guides and gives intuition to see beyond the veil of deception and illusion; it helps see what’s kept hidden. It also symbolizes the ability to cut through illusions and see the real meaning of someone’s action or state of mind. The presence of the Owl also announces change.
All the World’s a Stage
The completed pieces are each available as acrylic (perspex) and aluminium mounted prints, or archival Giclée prints which can be traditionally framed. At the moment, you can find the prints at our online store.
21st Centry Fox
The Real Deal
Besides the strong Metamorphica series, Paul Kingsley Squire creates paintings, drawings and other digital art, building a diverse portfolio including ethereal abstract landscapes, anthropomorphic animals, and figures inspired by metamorphosis and transformation .
Adriana Siso founded Molecule Design, her contemporary design store, in 2002 in Santa Fe, NM. With a background in Fine Arts, Adriana has been an innovator, bringing to the Santa Fe area, original and unique design products by some of the best contemporary industrial design firms in the world. Molecule operates out of a recycled and renovated shipping container building in the Santa Fe Baca Railyard project, the first of its kind in the city. Sustainability is an important area of interest for Molecule, which offers product lines with a focus on conservation and ecological stewardship. The store keeps an active annual schedule featuring the work of local designers, fabricators, and artists, as well as of national and international design firms through multiple events and alliances.