With a radical new approach to portraiture and a signature style characterised by layers of aerosol paint, the Miaz Brothers have always pushed perception and interpretation to their very limits. Now the Italian sibling duo is back with a series that offers clouded projections of Old Masters and apparitions in candlelit scenes.
On show in a solo exhibition at London's Maddox Gallery this May, the large-format blurry works in The Past, Present & Imperceptible are "at once a hazed account of legends, fables and disparate fantasies," as the Gallery explains.
Of their latest work, the brothers remarked that "it is not possible to gaze passively. Instinctively, you are immediately prompted to engage on a physical level with what you see, moving closer or further away to decode what is before you. As memory begins to manifest and thoughts start taking form, emotions arise along with the possibility for reflection".
What they're doing here is forcing us to draw our own conclusions from the hazy paintings – to perhaps rely on memory and see if we can recognise any of the classics, or certainly see inspiration from them. Do we perhaps spot a Carravagio in there? Or a Rembrandt?
As Jay Rutland from Maddox puts it: "The Miaz Brothers have the ability to make something as finite as a portrait a boundless experience. Their signature haziness is as beautiful as it is brilliant, and with each work, we are reminded that nothing is truly imperceptible. The challenge for the viewer is to become comfortable with their own perception; to look beyond the artists' intention and apply their own narrative to the frame."
Born in 1965 and 1968 respectively, Renato and Roberto Miaz often paint a diverse range of subjects, from portraits of people or scenes to iconic brand packaging, they have collaborated with many iconic brands and exhibited across the globe.
The Past, Present & Imperceptible will be available to view from 20 May through to 10 June online at www.maddoxgallery.com and in the flesh at Maddox Gallery, 9 Maddox St, London W1S 2QE.