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Ego 031 is a painting currently exhibited at Grège Gallery.
Chidy Wayne, whose work as an illustrator is already familiar to us, and who has shown a particular ability in recent years for drawing, now introduces us to his work outside the sphere of commercial projects. And this with a very personal pictorial offering.
Seeking to create appealing and conceptual works, Chidy Wayne weaves himself into an aesthetic language, paring it down to the bare essentials. In his new pieces, the superfluous is put aside so as to enter more deeply into the drawing, creating a minimalist and gestural artwork.
His new pieces are influenced by the artistic avant-garde as well as by ancestral and cultural elements, giving his drawings a certain primitive character. Although urban art and contemporary forms are also present in his style.
These drawings, the result of long reflection, are created using quick, bold strokes. This brings Chidy Wayne to create a personal code of signs and motifs of great symbolic significance. The drawings present such universal and timeless themes as existence, identity and internal conflict.
Chidy Wayne’s drawings do not abandon the figurative. His new subjects, the hands or shapes in conflict, are made with a great capacity for synthesis. They are witnesses to the talent and experience he acquired through his work as an illustrator and teacher. He turns to a more intimate form of expression, using his brushes and charcoal with confidence and energy on large-scale canvas and paper.