A warehouse rave by Raffy Bushman inspired this painting by Miranda Pissarides, which in turn inspired Raffy to compose and release Mad Alvar's Two Step - an experimental jazz rift with this original painting as the cover artwork.
The Saatchi Gallery Young Artist Award winner, Miranda Pissarides, mixes raw pigments in a unique recipe developed through years of practice, commitment and late-night studio experiments. This guarded concoction is then painted, pulled and drawn across canvases to the artist’s satisfaction before being fixed in position using a flame thrower and palette knife.
The canvas is revisited over numerous days with pigment and resin reapplied to create the layers of different textures and colours that we see in her finished work. You can see a video of her practice here.
Raffy Bushman is a pianist and composer based in London. He is the musical director at Unit31, a cultural collective which champions the up and coming in the music and film world. He is also the founder of the Nushape Orchestra, a project which mixes modern music with more traditional instrumentation. He is currently working towards a release of original music with his piano trio.
Miranda Pissarides and Raffy Bushman continue to explore the relationship between sound, colour and form, engaging in a new kind of dialogue. ‘Drop’ is the first and most monumental result of this pairing.
BA Fine Art, The Slade School of Fine Art, 2012.
Fine Art, Bezalel Academy of Fine Arts, Jerusalem, 2011.
Fine Art Foundation Diploma, Central St. Martin's, 2008.
Awards: Winner of The Young Artist Prize, Saatchi Gallery 2018. Winner of the ArtSlant Showcase Award, 2015. Tondo.is nominated Artist to watch, 2015. Winner of the ABC Life Drawing Award, 2009. Winner of the Art Achievement Award, Queen’s College London 2007.
SIZE MATTERS, Plutschow Gallery, Zurich 2019. Miranda Pissarides, Christie's, London 2019. Four Seasons Arts, Four Seasons Garden Suites, Cyprus 2019. ABSTRACT:REALITY, Saatchi Gallery, London 2018.
Miranda Pissarides, Edelman Arts, New York 2020.
Miranda Pissarides’ artwork continues to reach international acclaim with solo and group exhibitions in London, Rome, Turin, Nicosia, New York, Jerusalem, Sao Paolo and Kyoto.