Dynastes Nymphs by Evi Antonio is an original work on paper. Photography, computer manipulation and, most importantly, painting techniques are all used to create this highly technical piece.
Firstly, the process starts with a giclee print, this is then hand-painted digitally. After that, the details are varnished to create depth and definition. Above all, Antonio’s work is a complex mix of overlaid imaginary. With intricate repeat patterns of nature and street decay and Dynastes Nymphs, is no exception.
With a delicate mix of urban destruction and the fragile beauty of butterflies, for example, Dynastes Nymphs is a perfect representation of Antonio’s style.
Evi says of Dynastes Nymphs and her other work:
“I seek out moments that occur in my present urban setting. Where evolving abstract beauty, deconstruction and decay collide. in nature, I see infinite patterns, symmetry, intricate and perfect. On the streets, I see something similar emerging from unexpected beauty as I walk around London. I’d like to take the viewer on my journey where my love for nature and urban landscape collide in harmony.”
Further progress saw Antonio win the It’s Art Call 2019, London Arts competition. Which Runway Gallery’s director Daniel Syrett was a judge. Evi became a new addition to our roster of Runway artists,
‘When I saw Dynastes Nymphs by Evi, I knew straight away I wanted to work with her.’ says Syrett
Dynastes is a genus of large, tropical beetles. Commonly they have long, pointed processes on the head of the males. However, a Nymph can be various insects, especially: a larva of an insect (such as a grasshopper, true bug, or mayfly). Merriam-Webster Dictionary