“Dancing sailors, sombre princes, rustic gods and lovers. Half men-half wild beasts, lonesome shepherds and lords of mythic islands. Fruit sellers, fishermen, soldiers and ancient statues. Dark eyes, pink cheeks. Flowers and olives and urns and waves and wine. Mountain wilds, craggy shorelines, a bar on a square at midnight and an emerald glade glimpsed through swirling vines.”
We really tried. But we just couldn’t improve on this heavenly summation of Breeder Gallery’s latest virtual exhibition that comes straight from the artist himself. Young London-based artist Luke Edward Hall clearly has a way with words too. He's been dubbed a “wunderkind” by Vogue and collaborated with the likes of Burberry and we can see why. Hall's whimsical 1920s-inspired works are like a balm for these troubled times with their whisper of bygone glamour and bucolic bliss. Described as a “love letter to beauty and a land”, his muse for this series was Greek culture, history and mythology – with a few English prototypes and references to Cecil Beaton and Wes Anderson tossed into the mix. We’re gutted not to be able to visit Hall’s first solo show in Athens in person right now. But try to keep us away from the Breeder's on-line viewing room.