CAIN CASER 7-29 Nov 2015
Caser's paintings have been conceived as 'hypnagogic portraits’. Occupying the gap between figuration and abstraction they exploit the tendency to see faces where none exist and may be interpreted by an individual's own unique visual hierarchy.
Cain Caser started painting in 2010 and showing his work in late 2011. "As a kid growing up I was obsessed with graffiti” he says. "I lived near the end of the Metropolitan line so everything that was going on in London was delivered straight to my doorstep. The people, style, mystery and adventure of it completely fascinated me. By twelve years of age I had started writing graffiti and at sixteen it was dominating my life".
Shortly afterwards like many others around that time he got side-tracked by rave culture which proceeded to provide an altogether different form of distraction.
This current body of work represents a reflection and distillation of both periods. "The visual shock of seeing a newly pieced train on my way in to school filtered through the peculiarly lucid experience of my late teens".
“The motivations of my younger self, ego and excitement, are the same cues that I paint by today." Graffuturism.com
Selected shows include - Scream, Rook & Raven, Rove, Pure Evil, Roberta Moore Contemporary, High Roller Society, Ace Hotel, 201 Portobello, Old Shoreditch Station, John Lewis Oxford Street, West London Art Factory, Village Underground, Prescription Art. Art fairs in London, Europe, Hong Kong, USA. 1AM gallery San Francisco. Work included in John Lewis & Reebok corporate collections. Three other solo shows between 2012 and 2015 - Gallery 94 London, Market House Kingston, Fountain Gallery Hampton Court.