OMNI is proud to present Off Leash, a dynamic and playful duo exhibition featuring two notable emerging international talents, Portuguese artist Ricardo Passaporte and American painter Travis Fish.
Off Leash will showcase exclusive works from both artists, who have both enjoyed recent international success. Ricardo Passaporte’s series of paintings inspired by the German discount retailer chain Lidl saw his reputation soar and led to several successful exhibitions in LA, Paris, Madrid and Naples, whilst Travis Fish has gained national and international acclaim for his caricatures of Hip Hop group Migos and vibrant pop renditions of clothing, particularly sweaters.
The exhibition includes new monochromatic large-scale paintings, all created in the last twelve months by Passaporte. Working from source imagery including photographs taken by the artist and images from the internet, one of the paintings is an homage to the work of Swiss artist Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen. Animals are a reoccurring theme in his work, often anthropomorphised with humorous composition and depicted in bright colours. Passaporte has himself referred to these pieces as “naive figurative”.
Fish will present an entirely new body of work, titled “Bong Paintings”, a collection of works created in London in 2023 at PLOP, a residency recently established in East London by artist Oli Epp. Inspired by having no means of smoking on his travels, Fish presents everyday objects such as tennis rackets, fishbowls and T-shirts transformed into bongs by adding a simple mouthpiece and pipe, presented in an illustrative style. OMNI will exhibit eight pieces from the series, accompanied by 20 studies on paper.
Widely known for his identifiable airbrushed style, Ricardo Passaporte orchestrates a sublime understanding of colour, line, and form. Drawing from inspirations as diverse as Outsider Art, advertising, and graffiti, Passaporte employs different artistic mediums – including painting, sculpture, and installation – to examine the symbolic nature of imagery and how it can act as a metaphor for human experience. Passaporte’s work has been exhibited at Câmara Municipal do Porto, Porto; Steve Turner, LA; TWFineart, Brisbane; Michael Horbach Foundation, Cologne; Ruttkowski68, Paris, and Museu do Côa, Vila Nova de Foz Côa. He currently lives and works in Lisbon. @ricardopassaporte
Describing himself as ‘sweater obsessed’, Los Angeles based artist Travis Fish, takes his love of sweaters to the next level, utilising branded sweaters and sport hoodies as his canvas. Fascinated in how items of clothing function in society, his large-scale paintings often evoke the fabric of the garments, allowing him to control the intersection between art and fashion. Travis Fish’s brightly hued paintings also feature caricature portrait of celebrities including Hip-Hop trio, Migos; declared unequivocally as ‘the greatest of all time’ by Fish. Fish garners inspiration from Instagram and often names his large acrylic works after popular fashion designers like Versace / Kith and LV/Dior. Fish prioritizes spontaneity throughout his practice, replacing clean lines with fluid edges and intentional mistakes. Fish completed a BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Tennis Elbow Window The Journal, NYC, Three Coats, Two Sweaters. He recently mounted his first solo show in Asia, titled ‘Photocopy breakfast’. Travis Fish works between New York and Wisconsin. @travis____fish
Established in London in 2022, OMNI represents a diverse roster of multidisciplinary modern and contemporary artists. Cultivating a vibrant community of established and emerging artists, collectors, and enthusiasts, OMNI works directly with talent to provide clients with unique access to artworks over the progression of their careers. In addition to fostering collaborative relationships with artists, the gallery’s innovative exhibition programming underlines its driving principle: to serve as an international artistic platform inclusive of all forms of media. This independent approach is further emboldened by OMNI’s partnerships across industries, engaging its worldwide audience through carefully curated collaborations and experiences.
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