Updated: Dec 9, 2019
Christian Gold studied at the art atelier of Graphic Design at the Art Faculty of the University of Jan Evangelista Purkyně in Aussig, in the Czech Republic, especially tutored by Dr. Karel Míšek Ph.D., considered a master of the art of the Polish poster.
His first exhibition on Madeira was in August, 2017.
Gold utilizes and is informed by, although not exclusively, cultural material surrounding his emersion in “surfer” sub-culture of which he is an active member. This gives his collection the benefit of certain qualities of “street art”.
Gold specifically chose the medium of wood for his collection for Madeira as a nod to local traditions, and also as part of an experiment - how to make the medium of graphic design more attractive and accessible to clients used to the environment of the commercial art gallery, in an era when graphic design has become an almost exclusively digitalized process, thus undervaluing the printed form. Hence Gold experimented with chemical transfer on plywood to create this collection presented here today, and is one of only a handful of proponents willing to tackle the problems of attempting formats larger than A3. The result is actually a mix of several techniques including: sand-colours, spray, glue, acrylic and water-based markers.
Other Heroes are Ugly Too ! “My concept of Pop art Cristiano Ronaldo advanced with other basic icons of football, Messi, Maradona and Pelle. The meaning of this, is that if I
can make fun of Portugal hero, I can also make fun of others from a similar lineage. It is also a comment on the importance society gives today to its celebrities. I should offer an apology for this provocation of an idol of Madeira- but it is done with tongue in cheek and means no offense..
Portrait with Tongue Rap “This piece expresses my feelings regarding my experiences with language on my travelling’s. I feel blind and deaf, and also voice-less. The text around the head is constructed from phrases I have heard on my journeys throughout Europe. Perhaps you should be read the text allowed as you view!“
Triptych : Cultural Dissonance “This work was a result of being the cultural outsider I felt during my travels to many countries whose language was unfamiliar or which I was unable to learn. Apart from the practical problems that ensued I was shocked by my emotional response and frustrations, and the dissonances resonated within long after I returned to my home.”
Cristiano Ronaldo - BIG DESK. “This is the original sketch experiment desk from creating the Cristiano Ronaldo x Pop Art. Mostly acrylic painting, it was eft in very raw conditions from my atelier and was used as the poster for my first exhibition in Madeira.”