Paying homage to the rebels, trail blazers and revolutionaries that define our generation, Alex Wessely’s latest series of portraits, Irreverent Youth, is as edgy and cool as we have come to expect from the renowned Swedish photographer. Featuring both recognisable and unknown faces, the exhibition captures the essence and youthful spirit of these generation defining icons and figures in fun and abstract ways. The portraits feature psychedelic patterns and bold colours layered over black and white portraits which give the artworks a surreal and supernatural quality.
Effortlessly bridging the gap between fashion and art photography, Wessely’s work has been featured in both international and local Swedish magazines and his subjects include the likes of Ingrosso, Axwell, Alesso, Avicii, Drake, Rihanna and Pusha-T. Using innovative and groundbreaking techniques paired with black and white photography, Wessely creates an unmistakable aesthetic with an eye for capturing beauty in the different and the mundane. Wessely’s art was recently chosen to be a part of the Absolut Art initiative.
Irreverent Youth will take place in Stockholm at a yet to be disclosed location, with a vernissage between 19.00 and 22.00 on October 22.
Words / Caitlin Donaldson