London, UK – On 15 March the Saatchi Gallery will open Exit from Aden, an exhibition of new works by the artist ALO, in the Prints & Originals Gallery.
Exit from Aden presents new paintings by ALO. Executed on canvas, cardboard and paper, these works are portraits of real people observed in the street, mythical figures and people that the artist has encountered in life or in the media. Executed in his distinctive style, which the artist describes as urban expressionism, these works constitute an impressive body of work focussing upon the human figure in contemporary society.
The artist was born in Italy and relocated to London in 2011. He has since established himself as a distinctive and highly regarded artist. His studio work has become highly collectable and his street art work well publicised. Exit from Aden is the second solo exhibition of works at the Saatchi Gallery following the highly successful exhibition Hail to the Loser in 2014.
The artist has said that the works created for Exit from Aden were partly inspired by the poetic prose work ‘A Season in Hell’ by Arthur Rimbaud. In particular, this passage had a significant resonance for the artist:
“J’ai vu l’enfer des femmes là-bas; – et il me sera loisible de posséder la vérité dans une âme et un corps.”
“I went through women’s Hell over there; – and I will be able now to possess the truth within one body and one soul.”