Inspired by both science and conspiracy theories, a new body of work by Portuguese artist Francisco Mendes Moreira explores the origin of life and its “clumsy awakening”.
On show at Public Gallery in East London this month, The Primordial Soup Shuffle is a series made predominantly with oil pastels, painted on found and collaged cardboard packaging. Shifting between realism and abstract, Moreira’s images pose those eternal questions; where do we come from, what came before us, and who else is out there?
“There are countless cosmogonies, which over millennia seek to tell the story of
the creation of the cosmos and within The Primordial Soup Shuffle these different beginnings are alluded to, woven together and made new,” says the Gallery of the work.
A self-taught artist, Francisco Mendes Moreira lives and works in Lisbon. Over the last five years, Moreira has gained a large following both online and through international exhibitions in North America, Europe and Australia.
Land Lover, Oil pastel on cardboard, 43 x 61cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira
Figuring Out Fire, Oil pastel on carboard, 33 x 26cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira
Juggling – the magic the science, Oil pastel on carboard, 46 x 35cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira
Ring Of Fire Participants, Oil pastel on cardboard, 22 x 19cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira
Mirror 1, Oil pastel on cardboard, 22 x 17cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira
Pond Drifters, Oil pastel on cardboard, 54 x 49cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira
Placing bear traps – dreaming an atlas, Oil pastel on cardboard, 26 x 21cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira
Prometheus at the kiln, Oil pastel on cardboard, 71 x 55cm © Francisco Mendes Moreira