Luis Silva: The Fox’s Tail

Luis Silva: The Fox’s Tail

untitled by luis silva

Luis Silva

Untitled, 2010–2012

Price on Request

Saturday, March 17, 2012Saturday, May 5, 2012


Washington, DC USA

opening reception: Saturday, March 17 from 6:30-8:30PM

Lion eats gazelle, Wolf eats lamb. Fox eats chicken. Chicken eats worm. Even worm eats lion. That is the order of things.

But what if things were not this way. What if lion loved gazelle, wolf loved lamb, fox loved chicken, chicken loved worm and even worm loved lion? There is a brotherhood of man – and yet man can be a beast. Wouldn’t it also make sense that beast could be a man? A fraternity of animal. A place where gazelle was free to gazelle, because it no longer feared lion. Or lamb was free to lamb because it no longer feared wolf. Or chicken was free to chicken because it not longer feared fox. But what if chicken yearned to be more than chicken? And there you have it.

The fable begins…. Both the writing and the paintings wander through the spaces and gaps provided by fiction and order, in search of imagination, the real, belief and the thread that binds them.

The writing makes use of fairy tale, dream, myth, allegorical novella, moral play and magic realism. The journey propels the viewer/reader from forest to field masquerading with imagination, wit, resourcefulness and big hearts through loneliness, homesickness, discovery and joy.

The paintings make the viewer feel the delight of infusing thought into material. Silva takes obvious pleasure in the process and history of the two dimensional object. The intermingling of drawing and painting the use of the space, the consideration of the supports the decision to have natural linen as a ground, the modeled paint circulating among the decorative and the abstract toying with tradition and novelty and above all, choice.

Luis Silva received his BA from Harvard University and his MFA from Columbia University. He is Associate Professor at American University. Although born in Portugal, he grew up in the United States and currently lives in the Washington, DC area. This is his third solo exhibition at G Fine Art.