THE EXOTIC WESTERN
Sampling and remixing a wide range of painterly languages, both from art history and contemporary culture, Dulloo´s work exhibits a use of exuberant colour and bold, sensual gestures. Performative in nature, his paintings strike a balance between automated instinct and calculated strategies. Through an extensive layering of paint, the actual motif seems to disappear while traditional symbolism, signs and patterns of an imagined exoticism blend with the daily life of Western culture- a space he terms The Exotic Western.
An energetic combination of spirits like Matisse, Basquiat and De Kooning, his aesthetic plays between the figurative, the symbolic and the haptic. Psychically rooted in his native island of Mauritius where a diversity of cultural influences broil, his use of lines, signs, language, and rhythm all serve in his remixing and exploration of contemporary painting.
“Thematically, my body of work resembles that of a storyteller, a Dj, or a band in which I am playing various instruments. Each song, each work, each dance
tells its own story. I am not limited to one idea: in the past decade, my thematics range from the political to the private, sexuality to policy, ecology to painting theory. One thing that I hope is to create a breeze of fresh air in an art world that is often suffocating on its own values”.
Djuneid Dulloo represented Mauritius at the 56th Venice Biennale.