Joe Silcott

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The exquisite hand cut butterflies and dragonflies arranged in gorgeous heart  or circle formations by artist Joe Silcott have joined Orso Major.  Joe’s inspiration for his recent work comes primarily from Nature and in particular butterflies, moths and the folklore and mythology surrounding these specific insects, to produce work with a narrative quality. He says “I like the school of thought that butterflies represent the soul, and also the parallels drawn between their life cycle and that of the life, death and resurrection of Christ. I tend to work in series and as well as interpreting butterfly myth and folklore”



“I draw inspiration from classical music in particular the “Papillons” piece by R Schumann which attempts to capture their delicate fragility, movement and flight in music. Puccini’s tragic opera “Madam Butterfly” is also another big source of musical inspiration. Nocturnes by various classical composers also, I feel, capture the spirit and characteristics of the moth perfectly. I am also inspired by the Victorian obsession of collecting, preserving and presenting insects in boxes. ”

His butterflies are created from collaged paper and each butterfly is individually hand cut. “I really enjoy the process of collage, layering and texturing various elements from disparate sources and combining these to create a cohesive whole. I use and recycle imagery taken from advertising as well as the rhythm and patterns of found imagery and wrapping papers which I then cut up to create a newly ordered image. As well as their obvious natural beauty, I agree with the Eastern belief of butterflies as bringers of joy and being the essence of happiness.”

Joseph Silcott studied at Liverpool School of Art followed by Central St Martins in London. He has exhibited internationally and has shown at the Royal Academy and Art London.  He has been commissioned by corporates including the BBC, The Times newspapers, The Guardian newspapers, London Buses and Varig Airlines.

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