Coyote Moon 01
DIMENSIONS 21.5" x 15.5" MEDIUM Acrylic and archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle museum etching paper
Hand-embellished series of 15 + 3APs + 2PPs, 2022
Signed and numbered by the artist on front
ABOUT THE WORK
Dreamy, surreal visions disguise as traditional landscapes in Neil Raitt’s tilted worlds. Familiar flora and fauna figure prominently in his compositions, yet their formations pry away plausibility — a forest radiates neon rose quartz, mossy caves reveal rainbow shores, a wolf-like silhouette creates a portal in the sky. In our new series of hand-embellished prints, Raitt explores core techniques of his practice. Based on a recent painting Coyote Moon exhibited during his 2021 solo exhibition at Anat Egbi Gallery, the meticulous nature of painted repetition creates a sense of machine-like manufacturing. Paired with expressive saturated color, Raitt uses symbols of the organic world to subvert our understanding of what it means to be artificial. Raitt says, “I was interested in various approaches to cloud formations, sunsets and starry nights. Forming the 'skin' of the coyote, fading suns and crescent moons spark something different to the character of the animal, creating a subtle presence in some of the darker moonlit nights, while jumping to the foreground in others through acid greens and yellows.”
Neil Raitt has held solo exhibitions at Anat Egbi Gallery (Los Angeles), Galerie Chez Valentin (Paris), The Cabin (Los Angeles), Mon Cheri (Brussels), The Goss Michael Foundation (Dallas), and Nicelle Beauchene (New York) among others. Select group exhibitions include presentations at Rental Gallery (East Hampton), Praz-Delavellade (Los Angeles), The Porch Museum (New York), The Hole (New York), Choi & Lagar (Cologne), Winter Projects (London), Piccadilly Place (Manchester, UK), and the Departure Foundation (London). Raitt currently lives and works in London.
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