Street Art piece
Street Art Museum Amsterdam
Skount (Raúl Garcia Pereira, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, 1985), currently based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Inspired by the classical Spanish theatre of Almagro (Town where he spent his childhood), Skount’s oneiric masked characters beckon the viewer from the urban environment into their mysterious and playful dreamscapes. The great playwrights of Skount’s youth formed a lasting impression, where he regards life as a wonderful play, in which everyone has a role. Driven by the fundamental desire to free his own mind, Skount’s creativity knows no bounds. With a background in Streetart, his artistic expression spans paint, paper, music and performance, to video art, sculpture, and installation. Yet Skount always comes back to masks. Humans the world over, have used masks since ancient times for sacred rituals, as ornamentation, and in performances and theatre. The mask disguises the identity of its wearer, and symbolizes the need to hide or repress a person’s desires, fears and concerns. Skount observes that everybody carries a mask, with it we conceal our identity and adopt a more socially acceptable image to get by day to day. But we can also choose the moments and people with whom we can reveal our true nature, and take off our masks.
Good / Legible
As with the examples of the works 'Fertility' and 'Destiny' on his previous visit in 2012, 'Inner Colour' is a clear manifestation of Skount's unique style. The omnipresence of Almagro's mask tradition blends with South American muralist traditions and the use of colours and patterns derived from Mayan and Aztec aesthetics. The work is striking for its use of bright, vivid colours with wise combinations of tones that allow the work to be easily viewed from a great distance. The cartoon style is more evident in this work, as can be seen in the portrayed character.
Inner Colour is one of Skount's first works of art for the SAMA production and is characterised by its monumental dimensions. In addition to the numerous iconographic references, typical of Skount's style and inspired by the Almagro Theatre and classical mythology, the composition is dominated by a masked human figure that resembles a puppet floating in a forest.