SN ART IN THE MAKING
SN’S GOLDEN SKULL
An Introduction to SN
“Beauty breaks my heart.” – SN
Who said that romance is dead? Well, whoever it was, it wasn’t artist SN, who truly believes that art is something created to nourish the heart as well as the eye. Being a romantic for as long as he can remember, it is no surprise that his artwork forces his audience to fall for sentimentalist ideas and imagery in the same way that he does.
Starting out within the framework of photography, it was SN’s love for nature that triggered his artistic journey. In his earliest works, he appears mesmerized by animals, deserted pastures, forestry, and humans that appear to have regressed back to their natural state. As his artistic journey progressed, his style changed, prompting him to create original canvas pieces by working with a range of different materials. He still produces artworks that focus on natural beauty however nowadays, he builds them using canvas, mixed media, charcoal, oil paints and dried butterflies.
What sets SN apart from his adversaries is that he approaches the background of his pieces with the same consideration and care that he does the subject. For SN, if the subject acts as the vocal, the background becomes the melody and has the power to change the beauty of the subject. This is the very basis of his art today.
SN’s first dream was to become a National Geographic photographer, so much so, that at the age of 12 he traded in his prized bicycle in order to buy his very first camera, a Canon AE-1 Program. It was then that the artist began to produce powerful shots, dramatically impacting his audience, penetrating through to their very core.
His professional photography career began after visits to the Far East and Africa, leading him to produce photographs composed of various images and symbols that encompass or recreate cultural imagery from literature, nature, and fables. The different components of each scene lead his subjects to resemble fairy tale figures that effortlessly blend into their natural surroundings. His early works reject social routine and instead ask the viewer to consider an alternative universe where nature is ever-powerful, and its force is breathtakingly magical.
SN’s ‘Little Red Riding Hood,’ was the photograph that catapulted his career. The artist was lucky enough to encounter someone kept a pack of wolves and decided to create a photography series based on their relationship. The winning shot captures the wolf somewhere between a monster and an angel and it was this photograph that allowed him to experience his first exhibition in London. This photography fair ignited a fire within the artist, causing him to make a promise to himself to reach for the stars. His shot was chosen to be the homepage of the event and from that moment on, SN kept creating.
While his earlier work focuses on photography, now, SN presents a new line of works using mounted butterflies. These artworks are deepened by the energy of their medium and suggest an additional perspective of this unique artist’s passion for nature. In addition, his focus on the relationship between the white man and the Native American helps him to portray the notion that the force of modernization beats the force of nature, hands down.
His ‘Butterfly Cross’ is one of many artworks that is built on this three-dimensional concept. It is dramatic, spiritual, tactile, and deeply moving. Each one of these 3D pieces are totally unique, the epitome of SN’s integrated personality.
SN’s Popular Butterfly Pieces
A self-confessed lifelong fan of Pop Art, it wasn’t long before SN took to injecting aspects of this world into his own photographs. His lion artwork, once a photo, becomes a whole new piece with the addition of two thick black stripes on the side of the lion’s face. The addition of mixed media onto his photographs allows the artist to make a broader comment on the natural world and the warrior nature of his subjects.
Arguably, some of SN’s most popular artworks, reflecting his signature style, are the butterfly skull pieces. Through the use of his dried butterflies, SN brings tones and texture to charcoal and pencil drawings of macabre images. However, the artist doesn’t solely aim to delight his audience with the addition of mesmerizing shades and butterfly wings. Here, he pushes the viewer to face the fine line between destruction and reconstruction. The morbid image that the skull promotes is drastically contrasted with the addition of these dried butterflies, alluding to a warped process of metamorphosis. The butterflies are placed with the utmost precision, enhancing the natural aura of his pieces, blurring the lines between life and death and causing the butterflies to look to as if they have simply arrived and gracefully landed onto the canvas. In SN’s world, the skull no longer symbolizes death, it is a tribute to life, to conflicting stereotypes and of course, to nature.
SN’s Grace Jones (and other famous faces)
“I believe in individuality, that everybody is special, and it’s up to them to find that quality and let it live.” – Grace Jones
This is a mantra that SN lives by. He displays his icons in canvases, customizing them with surrealist masks made from his signature butterflies. In his superhero artwork, he references sensationally strong women such as Grace Jones, Kate Moss and Marilyn Monroe as well as David Bowie, one of SN’s most aesthetic musical icons.
SN also creates logos such as Playboy, Batman, and Superman, using his art as a tool to contemplate social influences on our society. Grace Jones & David Bowie Artwork
SN’s AK 47
SN’s AK 47, or the ‘Avtomat Kalishnikova,’ is one of his most tranquil pieces. Seemingly surprising, as this weapon is one of the most popular firearms in the world, created in the Soviet Union, and is one of the most iconic guns created to date. It fails to amaze that in actual fact his butterflies are the elements that force the audience to take a traditional image representing war and turn it on its head. At the end of the barrel, a white butterfly flutters alone, creating a breathtakingly fragile image of beauty and peace.
SN & EDEN FINE ART
“I’m not a person who commits to things easily. It takes a lot for me to sign on the dotted line and every time I see my artwork hanging on the walls of Eden Fine Art galleries, I am reminded that when it feels right, it’s right. The most amazing act in life is to try.” – SN
Ever since 2014, Eden Fine Art has been working with SN to promote his art across the globe and his art is currently for sale in New York, Miami, London, and Mykonos galleries to name but a few.
For more information as to the value, price and measurements of SN pieces, visit his collection page today, fill out the contact form and one of our trained art advisors will be happy to help.
A multidisciplinary artist, SN is now exploring drawing, charcoal and acrylics, creating color by using butterfly installations. His three-dimensional pieces are dramatic, spiritual, tactile, and deeply moving. Each totally unique work is the epitome of SN’s integrated personality.