It is said that a picture says a thousand words, and the work of Frederic Daty demonstrates this in his latest collection Les Yeux Noirs. He endeavours to present the impact given by a single glance from well-know film stars like Audrey Hepburn and Zhang Ziyi.
International artist, Frederic Daty, will be making an appearance at Castle Fine Art, South Molton Street on Thursday 16 February from 6-8pm.
Growing up and living in Brittany before moving to Paris, Daty grew up with a passion for foreign independent films, spending many an afternoon silently observing actors from countries all over the world. In 1987, whilst watching an Italian film Oci Ciornie (Dark Eyes), Daty was struck by the unforgettable gaze and limitless messages hidden behind the eyes of Elena Safanova, the leading actress. This is where his inspiration for his Les Yeux Noirs collection began, as a nod to the film that captivated him.
Les Yeux Noirs or Dark Eyes thus focuses on the impact that can be presented through a simple look in both old Hollywood and modern film. Daty has created striking and palpable emotion through his intricate use of light and shadow in his works, which include Charlize Theron and Scarlett Johansson.
Frederic Daty, one of Castle Fine Art’s most popular artists, said: “I wanted to create the impression of infinity that a single look can bring upon us. There are those looks that touch us, seemingly imprint on us, evoking memories. What I am interested in is not creating the face, but the connection created between those eyes and mine.”
Jon Stokes, Gallery Manager of Castle Fine Art, South Molton Street, said: “The past collections by Frederic Daty have always been amongst the most popular, as they demand engagement from the viewer because they are so relatable. At one point or another, we have all been touched by a character in a film, which resonates either with our own experiences or through simple human emotion. Having the artist himself visit our gallery will be a night to remember.”
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