The exhibition titled ‘Revelations - A Portrait of Magic’ explores the lives of some of our favourite characters of the Harry Potter universe. Created over a period of six years, the fine artworks depict some of the Wizarding World’s most popular characters, including Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Albus Dumbledore, Draco Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange.
Image courtesy of Crispian Blaize
Stuart McAlpine Miller’s multi-layered portraits fuse Pop Art with classical influences from Caravaggion and Hieronymus Bosch in a spectral style previously described as a ‘’supernatural realism’’ by the BBC and Radio 2 art critic Estelle Lovatt, who also applauded its 4D aesthetic.
The artist comments:
‘’This collection is something that I have been working on for some time, and I am so pleased that it is now ready for all to see. The subject matter is as iconic as any I’ve interpreted or conceptualised to date. It’s been a true labour of love, six years in the making.’’
Stuart has also explored the literary themes in J.K. Rowling’s work: the ‘good versus evil’ motif that has shaped religious scripture, fables and fairy tales for millennia can be seen in the almost transparent layers of paint. Chiaroscuro - a contrast of light and dark used by the Old Masters - adds an uncanny dimension to his work, exploring facets of humanity and commenting on the choices we must make in our everyday lives. In his work: the layers of text, logos and symbols unfurl around the figures like smoke with the abstracted imagery suggesting fragmented memories. These allegorical portraits hint at an evil force and impending disaster, as symbolised by the negative imagery, which uses an inverted colour palette to create a ghostly sense of unease. The dark forces seen in classical works by artists like Albrecht Drurer, Gustav Dore and Eugene Delacroix are given a contemporary update, with past and present hovering spectrally in apocalyptic unison.
The exhibition takes place in the S&P Gallery, which is a London-based gallery specialising in supplying high quality framed art prints from a diverse catalogue of limited edition artworks. Together in collaboration with Zeno Fine Art, a percentage of each artwork’s sale price will be donated to the Lumos Foundation - a charity that fights for every child’s right to a family by transforming care systems around the world. Lumos strives for a future where every child is raised in a safe, loving home, supported by family to help them thrive.
Many celebrities and online personalities attended the event to further prove the success of the event organised by WeAreFEP.