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Emma Tooth - Breaking Art

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Visual Arts
05 Jun 2014 - 02 Aug 2014

Breaking Art is the new portraiture collection from British artist Emma Tooth, and the site of an unlikely union between classical fine art and breakdancing.

See a slideshow of images from this collection below

The worlds of fine art and street-dance collide in this unique exhibition where Emma Tooth captures moments of impossible stillness and grace in the seemingly aggressive yet highly controlled movements of B-Boying.

The show comprises a series of dramatic oil paintings in a traditional style, many referencing "old master" paintings and sculptures, but featuring unequivocally modern subjects. Emma captures the unexpectedly elegant freezes, power-moves and acrobatic precision of breakdance with her trademark use of chiaroscuro lighting and stark contrasts of old and new.

For the first time the artist approaches dynamic human anatomy; seemingly peering beneath the skin to examine what underlying mechanisms support these otherworldly postures. At times harsh fields of light and shade dissect the body, almost to abstraction. Notions of masculinity and animalistic display pervade the canvas as Emma Tooth demonstrates that Art can bring together people and ideas that could meet in no other way.