Fernando de la Rocque - BRIC London Thursday, April 14, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Exhibited

    Rio de Janeiro, Galeria A Gentil Carioca, Parede Gentil, 26 January–29 May 2008

  • Catalogue Essay

    Fernando de La Rocque’s series of drawings, sculptures, accumulated objects, videos  and mixed media seek to restructure our notion of contemporary urban art through a variety of forms. He is continually drawn to explore forbidden subjects, and ways to subvert them; his erotic drawings have been applied to many media, from tiles to tea sets to clothing. By pairing traditionally controversial subject matter with such innocuous materials, he provokes discomfort, certainly – but also humour. The present lot is comprised of 49 ceramic tiles printed with orgiastic, erotic images coloured in colonial blue. Though initially resembling an abstract pattern, closer inspection may result in a laugh or a blush. The work was originally shown at Galeria A Gentil Carioca’s Parede Gentil project, in which 600 pieces were attached to the external wall of the gallery;  the work has since appeared in the Jornal do Brasil, O Peru Molhado and on Canal Brasil.


Azulejo Colônias (Tile Colonies)

Screenprint on 49 ceramic tiles.
Each: 20 × 20 cm (3 1/8 × 3 1/8 in).

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £17,500


14 - 15 April 2011