Pastel paintings on discarded cardboard that explore the 'clumsy' awakening of life

Exhibition shot for The Primordial Soup Shuffle. All images courtesy of Francisco Mendes Moreira and Public Gallery. Via Creative Boom submission.

Inspired by both science and conspiracy theories, a new body of work by Portuguese artist Francisco Mendes Moreira explores the origin of life and its "clumsy awakening".

On show at Public Gallery in East London this month, The Primordial Soup Shuffle is a series made predominantly with oil pastels, painted on found and collaged cardboard packaging. Shifting between realism and abstract, Moreira’s images pose those eternal questions; where do we come from, what came before us, and who else is out there?

"There are countless cosmogonies, which over millennia seek to tell the story of the creation of the cosmos and within The Primordial Soup Shuffle these different beginnings are alluded to, woven together and made new," says the Gallery of the work.

A self-taught artist, Francisco Mendes Moreira lives and works in Lisbon. Over the last five years, Moreira has gained a large following both online and through international exhibitions in North America, Europe and Australia.

The Primordial Soup Shuffle by Francisco Mendes Moreira runs until 31 August 2019 at the Public Gallery in East London. Discover more at franciscomendesmoreira.wordpress.com.

Land Lover, Oil pastel on cardboard, 43 x 61cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira

Land Lover, Oil pastel on cardboard, 43 x 61cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira

Figuring Out Fire, Oil pastel on carboard, 33 x 26cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira

Figuring Out Fire, Oil pastel on carboard, 33 x 26cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira

Juggling - the magic the science, Oil pastel on carboard, 46 x 35cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira

Juggling - the magic the science, Oil pastel on carboard, 46 x 35cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira

Ring Of Fire Participants, Oil pastel on cardboard, 22 x 19cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira

Ring Of Fire Participants, Oil pastel on cardboard, 22 x 19cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira

Mirror 1, Oil pastel on cardboard, 22 x 17cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira

Mirror 1, Oil pastel on cardboard, 22 x 17cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira

Pond Drifters, Oil pastel on cardboard, 54 x 49cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira

Pond Drifters, Oil pastel on cardboard, 54 x 49cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira

Placing bear traps - dreaming an atlas, Oil pastel on cardboard, 26 x 21cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira

Placing bear traps - dreaming an atlas, Oil pastel on cardboard, 26 x 21cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira

Prometheus at the kiln, Oil pastel on cardboard, 71 x 55cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira

Prometheus at the kiln, Oil pastel on cardboard, 71 x 55cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira