Jamie Hewlett’s erotic tarot pine tree show
The Gorillaz artist brings together three disparate sets of work which all, nevertheless, share suggestive qualities.
Jamie Hewlett thinks comic illustrators get a raw deal. When we spoke to the comic artist and co-creator of the animated pop band, Gorillaz, back in 2012, he said he thought cartoonists such as Ronald Searle, creator of St Trinians, or the Frenchman known as Mœbius, deserve a place on our bookshelves and on gallery walls.
Later this month Hewlett himself will redress this bias, by opening a three-part exhibition at London’s Saatchi gallery. Called the Suggestionists, the show runs 18 November to 2 December, and brings together a great deal of new work including a series of large-scale tarot card illustrations, a number of black-and-white studies of southern French pine trees, and a set of mocked-up lobby posters Hewlett created for imaginary 1970s erotic films.
Why show these three projects together? Well, in the accompanying video, shot by his son Denholm Hewlett, the artist says he believes that “we live in a culture where the mainstream is over explained and delivered to us in graphic, high-definition overkill, which is not only exhausting, [but] is robbing us of the ability to imagine what happens next for ourselves.”
The sets of works go against this expository trend. Instead, they share suggestive qualities that offer gallery goers the slight opening of a door “allowing you to peak in. Then the rest is up to you,” the artist says.