On View: Cyclops’s “The Way of All Flesh” at The Outsiders

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

In his current solo show at The Outsiders in London, “The Way of All Flesh,” Cyclops captures a prevalent theme that preoccupied Renaissance painters and poets: that beauty, no matter how seductive, is doomed to whither away and die. His baroque portraits depict androgynous protagonists swathed in fabrics, their faces sharply in focus with a photorealist painting style that, at times, unravels into abstraction. Heavily made up, these sullen figures recall not only Catholic ritual but the world of drag and performance art. Cyclops got his start in the London graffiti scene, and while the freeform markings hidden in the hair and halos of the characters allude to his origins, the work in this show demonstrates his versatility. “The Way of All Flesh” is on view through December 24. Take a look at some of the work in the show below.

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