The Brushes undoubtedly represent DutyGorn’s most iconic production. They are the tools with which the action is triggered, the gesture is made, the idea is materialized; they are the link between the mind and what is realized on the canvas. From simple objects normally put away after their use, paintbrushes take on new values and meanings, transforming into what can be called a true total work of art where the soul of its maker himself also lives.
It was 2014 when DutyGorn left his brushes on the streets of London. A behavior that in a way relates back to graffiti art, where every writer is inclined to leave his or her signature as an artistic expression or contact with a city. In the case of DutyGorn, this was not a premeditated circumstance, nor were the locations. Instead of the signature, the Artist left the instrument of his work, the brush, still tinged with the color used to paint.
Since then, the Artist has continued, by will or instinct, to leave traces along his path, placing brushes in seemingly random settings even if unconsciously linked with his life and artistic journey. Indelible testimonies and signs capable of telling an experience, of expressing the soul of the Artist and his work, which now lives again in that place by means of the instrument with which it was created.
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Indeed, two important and characteristic concepts of his Art emerge in the Brushes as well: the desire to create a timeline that unites past, present and future combined with the ability to give new life to something, with the idea that nothing dies but can be reborn in a new form, as in the cycle of life.
Stage by stage, the Brushes have expanded, forming a map that has transcended overseas borders: an ever-evolving happening that interacts and makes connections with people, urban settings, and new cultures.
Art is limitless, and this is impeccably represented in this project, where the artwork becomes art itself. Started as an impulsive street art project #dutygornbrushes, the idea of using brushes applied to a custom canvas to communicate through the language of art is a unique way to see how there are unlimited perspectives to look at life.
The brushes, which serve as the base, create a distinctive three-dimensional view that adds character and depth to the final artwork. Each brush is personalized by hand and decorated with miniature characters representing scenarios and life circumstances. Each piece with its bright colors and vibrant feel is an outline of “A Life in Miniature” depicted on a brush.
Acrylic on canvas 30×10 cm – 2020
Acrylic on canvas 30×10 cm – 2020/21
Acrylic on canvas 30×10 cm – 2021
Acrylic on canvas 30×10 cm – 2022