With his keen eye for strong and simple images (a skill he developed during his years working in advertising), French photographer Eddy de Azevedo’s more recent work cleverly combines the everyday nature of commercial photography with American post-war abstract painting.
Expressing a heartfelt tribute to Mark Rothko and his influential paintings, Eddy de Azevedo’s work consists of a series of photographic images inspired not only by Rothko, but from 1950‘s Colour Field painting in general. Solid colours, horizontal lines and rich textures characteristic of the Colour Field movement are recreated using everyday objects and materials resulting in a visual poetry of parallel lines and unexpected juxtapositions of colours from his daily life. By changing the scale of the depicted objects, and through the uniformity of colour, the photographer seeks to create a visual effect where the viewer forgets about the object and focuses on the colour instead (exactly one of the aspirations of Colour Field painters).
The images evoke various daily-life settings, and are placed under different categories depending on the material used to compose them: ‘‘Office’’ for example contains images of stacked paper; ‘‘Library’’ features close-ups of book spines; ‘‘Dressing’’ includes images composed with fabrics; and so on. In another category titled ‘‘Walking my Dog’’ the artist creates colour-blocks with objects apparently found on the street, such as lighters and plastic bottle cups.