In one drop of water

In »The Sea of Untold Stories II«, a six meter wide painting by Desmond Lazaro which was commissioned by the Gallery of New South Wales, Australia, in 2019, universal themes merge with strictly personal ones. Golden waves unfold beneath a clear blue sky full of stars. They grow into ghostly apparitions of desolate mountain ranges and sandy deserts summoned by mind. An endless, anonymous stream of silhouettes carrying their scarce belongings is persevering at the foot of a threatening sea full of promises. Innumerable, like drops in the ocean, the migrants progress from shadow to light. Eventually, some very few rise to the sky, up to the stars leading the way, thus transcending this world. A sun of gold radiates in the firmament. Here the artist emulated a symbol common to both Indian and Islamic art, a shamsa he found on the passport his grandfather once traveled with, leaving Burma for England. Inspired by old manuscripts and early star charts, Lazaro transforms personal grief and hope caused by his mother's death into universal suffering, loss and the countless fates of migrants who, daring and full of hope, keep braving the oceans of this world.

 

»The Sea of Untold Stories II«, 140 x 6000 cm, was part of the exhibition »In one drop of water«, on view at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sidney, Australia, from 15 June 2019 until 21 February 2021.

 

 

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sidney, Australien

In one drop of water

15 June 2019 ‒ 21 February 2021

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© Desmond Lazaro
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© Desmond Lazaro

Available works of the artist

Desmond Lazaro, Chile 1973 (Camila Iturra), 2019, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, Chile 1973 (Camila Iturra), 2019, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, Hungary 1957 (Andrew Zolani), 2019, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, Hungary 1957 (Andrew Zolani), 2019, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, Carpet Living Room III, 2011/2012, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, Golden Square House study II, 2012
Desmond Lazaro, The Golden House, 2012, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, Golden Square House Study I, 2012, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, A Portrait in Red, 2011, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, Study for Blue House II Part 1 und Part 2, 2012, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, Blue Coconut Palm Leaf, 2012, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, Blue Coconut Leaf Study, 2012
Desmond Lazaro, Waiting Looking, 2011, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, Two Men from Chettinad, 2011, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, A long Wait, 2011, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, Udaipur Tonga, 2009, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, Study for Blue House II Part 1 und Part 2, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, Study for Coconut Palm, 2012, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, Small coconut leaf study, 2012, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, Study for Blue House III, 2012, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, Coconut palm leaf drawing, 2012, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, The Blue House Studies I, II & III, 2012, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, Chettinad Tile III (4-parts), 2009, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, Jetty, 2009, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, Untitled, 2009, © Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro, Man asleep, 2009, © Desmond Lazaro

Past exhibitions at Beck & Eggeling

Selected Publications of the Artist

Desmond Lazaro

Desmond Lazaro

  • Artist: Desmond Lazaro
    Editor: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
    Text: David Galloway, Eberhard Fischer, Desmond Lazaro
    Design: Reschke, Steffens & Kruse
  • German, English
    Hardcover, 28,5 x 24,3 cm
    76 pages, 34 illustrations
  • Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag, 2010
    ISBN 978-3-93091962-8
  • 28 €
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