Presenting Sacred Sceneries by Ewan David Eason, Ackerman Studios have transformed the After Nyne Gallery on Portland Road into an inspiring and intriguing exhibition. London-based artist Eason is no stranger to the art world, having been well received across various prestigious institutions including Christies, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and a solo exhibition at 45 Park Lane.
Since 2010, the artist has drawn inspiration from organic and man-made patterns created in cartography to create abstract images from reality. Using a unique technique of removing colours on maps and replacing them with one colour, predominantly gold, he has managed to ‘focus the viewer on the sacredness and diversity of our living landscapes.’
Originally inspired by various historical maps, Eason was captivated by Charles Booth’s Descriptive Map of London Poverty from 1889, who created a housing colour-coded scheme to defines levels of poverty and wealth in London. From this, Eason saw that the different colours would become an abstract image in themselves, and so was eager to remove these colours and replace them with a single colour to draw ‘on the egalitarian nature of the city.’ The result? A emphasis on art-as-documentation with a level of accuracy and detail that brings out the construction of an artwork. Redefining buildings of significant cities in their maps using gold has become Eason’s signature aesthetic, and the final product is always a striking pattern, creating illusions and new abstract images within the artwork itself. Simply put, Eason beautifully presents a sacredness and diversity that is present in our living landscapes.