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When Heaven Sleeps: Photographic Curios by Nathanael England

Opening Reception: Friday, December 13th, 7:00pm – 11:00pm

Exhibition Dates: December 13th, 2019 – January 11th, 2020

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday 3:00pm – 8:00pm or by appointment

The Rogue Buddha Gallery is extremely pleased to invite you to join us on Friday the 13th, December 2019 for the opening reception of “When Heaven Sleeps… Photographic Curios by Nathanael England”.

Nathanael England transcends photography, offering archetypal visions that conjure forth great operas, Greek tragedies and Biblical tales of Powers and Principalities.

Using the human form as his stage, England paints imagery wrought with the potential for storytelling, myth making and allegory. Each figure is painstakingly poised and decorated as each scene is directed with a keen eye for the wondrous and fantastical. The air of elegance he achieves is accentuated by his sensual use of rich colors and bold lighting that leaves an overall impression of extravagance and grandeur.

Gracefully dancing between the lurid and verboten and the poetic and mystical, England presents compositions that exist simultaneously within the realms of the divine and the taboo. He hints at occulted worlds, alternative lifestyles and mysterious religious beliefs while opening a passage for unlimited interpretations. It is ultimately at the viewers discretion to discern for themselves the meaning of each piece and where it falls within their personal world view, not unlike dissecting one’s own dreams.

And if Heaven slept, England’s Photographic Curios, I am sure, would populate its dreamscape.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

“When Heaven Sleeps” is a collection of work made over the last three years. It’s an examination of beauty and decay, darkness and grandeur, myth and nightmare. It’s a culmination of varied interests as seen through the lens of dreams, influenced by painters, mythology, religion, occult esoterica, and sideshows.

I operate under the moniker of Oneiros Imaging, chosen for the fact that “oneiros” is the Greek word for “dream,” and the plural form, “oneiroi,” are winged daemons of Greek myth that lived in darkness and delivered dreams and visions to mortals. I’ve long thought of dreams as gears that set reality to motion, inspiring and motivating us, as well as serving as harbingers of portents and omens.

I’m grateful to have a myriad of talented collaborators who have helped me bring these images to life. While I design and assemble the sets, and many of the props, costume accessories, and more, I owe it to the models, the hair and makeup artists, the costumers, the rope artists, and more, for their assistance in turning these dreams into a reality. Countless hours, and often, days, are spent in preparation for each piece, backed by great efforts to manifest the intended vision.

This is the world that lives in my dreams, and I welcome you to walk its corridors.

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