Dawn marks the start of a new direction for the London-based Italian contemporary artist, Thion.
Best-known for his candy-colored acrylics paintings this new series of black ink drawings and prints displays an unprecedented elegance and simplicity. With an eye for the body's erogenous zones worthy of Tom of Finland, but with none of Tom's overbearingness, Thion articulates the human form, its curves and creases, as never before.
Likewise, leaves and trees, rocks and flowers, mountains, volcanoes, everything acquires a breathtaking new svelteness and clarity. His theme is pastoral; the feeling, classical. The line is spare, light, ethereal, never for a moment forgetting the sexual body and its rootedness in nature, but now in all earnestness gesturing toward something like The Soul. See more images...



The view
Ink on Fabriano paper, 50cm x 70cm - London, 2015



Warriors of Peace
Ink on Fabriano paper, 50cm x 70cm - London, 2015


Empowered state of mind.

Starting by exploring his own emotions and state of mind, Thion take us into an inner journey to our primordial fears - death, insecurities, and uncertainties that belongs to us all - with humour and a glimpse of hope.

The unabashed, colourful wallpaper-like backgrounds juxtaposed to a strong black outlined image in the foreground, create a duality that is pleasing and disturbing at the same time. The uncomplicated and easy recognisable images used, whether taken from a daily newspaper or the internet, are stripped down to bare lines to become a symbol, a simple representation of a particular feeling or fear. Without those lines, one would get lost in the flowery background.



Empowered state of mind
Acrylic on canvas, 90cm x 60cm - London, 2010

The use of colour and shape, reminiscent of Matisse patterns, remind us the larger purpose of those paintings which is not only to depict the symbolic subject matter but to demonstrate emotion through line and colour.
Also, Thion's playful teasing with titles and images ( a reference to his own catholic upbringing and Damien Hirst's work ) adds another reading facet to the paintings.



Mary Magdalene
Acrylic on canvas, 130cm x 100cm - London, 2010

From children's fairytales to religious upbringing and belief, cultural and political events and natural disaster, our lives are tainted with fear and a sense of displacement, all the time. But it also this fear that keep us alive. With those paintings Thion puts a mirror in front of ourselves and he leaves it open to us to decide what we want to do: feel afraid, ignore it all or acknowledge our fears and work to achieve an "empowered" state of mind. See more images...



While Rome Burns...

Greek mythology is filled with stories of heroes and villans, of gods an mythical creatures. The most recognised of those creatures is the Minotaur. Being neither fully human, animal or god, the ambiguity of the figure of the Minotaur sets it outside the conventional bounds of norms of moral and reasons. With its strong physical appearance it represents chthonic forces trying to rebel against a world ruled by dictators and Gods. It is also a symbol of the different, the misunderstood and unexplained. The cruel and the innocent.



Family Affair
Acrylic on canvas, 90cm x 60cm - London, 2009

Placed in the area between the eyebrows - the sixth chakra - the Bondi is said to retain energy and strengthen concentration. When worn by men t is called Tilak. Men wear it on auspicious occasions or while embarking on, or upon return from a voyage or a campaign. While combining Greek mythology with Indian colours and patterns this work explores family dynamics and affairs...



Don't judge a book by its cover!

Gartenstudio gallery has invited artists from Europe and abroad to use Edy Poppy's first novel as a 'canvas' to create a new cover, a new title, cut holes in it, make it dog-eared, give it coffee stains....anything goes!

  book cover


Sanft und Suss
Installation, (W)19cm, (D) 19cm, (H)54cm- Berlin 2008

Instead of trying to restore the book's integrity and dignity of which it was robbed by the publisher's kiosk- like packaging, the London-based artist Thion employs irony to voice his opposition, debasing the book even more by turning into an everyday consumer object to be found on a supermarket shelf. See the catalogue...



i-KU Project

The i-KU project is an installation of 7 large paintings, acrylic on canvas, that explores some of the themes that are most prominent in our lives - love , sex, religion, identity - by integrating visual images and haiku poetry.



In front of me nothing but beauty, Then I open my eyes and see.
Acrylic on canvas, 198cm x 110cm - London, 2008

The combination of figures and poetic text allows Thion to catch a moment in time and make it eternal.
It also lets him communicate my feelings with a new-found fullness and create images that people can relate to and interact with.
Some of the paintings can be read from a spectators point of view or/and from the figures in the paintings.
The Haiku is a Japanese verse form at least twelve centuries old and traditionally conveys an impression or a feeling, often about love or nature, in just a handful of syllables. It is introspective, delicate, and profoundly simple. Thion has introduced into his paintings his own Haiku poems, using a more "street smart", less restrained language than in traditional Haiku, breaking, sometimes, the traditional formula of three verses of 5-7-5 syllabes.



In the toilet men are pissing. I discreetly glance.
Acrylic on canvas, 148cm x 128m - London, 2008

Those paintings are not trying to describe, judge or explain anything: they present an image, a portrait of real life, a feeling at the heart of an event. See more images...



To die upon a kiss.

These especially created paintings for The Rose Theatre Summer exhibition have been inspired by W. Shakespeare.
Thion took Othello, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet as subjects for his paintings and a selection of sonnets for his drawings.


  Our duties and the pledge
Acrylic on canvas, 150cm x 60cm - London, 2005

Each of those paintings were individually interpreted following his understanding, his feeling and his imagination.




Limi-TATE is a collection of 50 drawings, black ink on Tate Gallery tickets, each of the size 10.8 cm x 7.7 cm.
Between 2001 and 2002 the artist Thion was working at the Tate Britain as a supervisor for the temporary exhibitions.



Limi-TATE, No.7
Black ink pen on Tate tickets, 10.8cm x 7.7cm - London, 2001/2002

During quiet times he started drawing on any piece of paper he could find. Eventually he noticed that lots of Tate tickets were going to waste, binned, thrown away for different reasons so he started recycling those tickets by using them as a support for his day dreaming.


  Limi-TATE, No.21
Black ink pen on Tate tickets, 10.8cm x 7.7cm - London, 2001/2002

With his unique pop imagery, this limited collection summarizes some of Thion's emotions and dreams of those two years. Love, anger, sex, desire, confusion, happiness and friendship but also dreams of running away, to be free, to party and to have a good time. Those drawings are often a picture of the night before or a plan for the nights or days ahead.
You go through change of season, days and nights as they describe a fragment of a story or a feeling of Thion's life at that time.


  Limi-TATE, No.43
Black ink pen on Tate tickets, 10.8cm x 7.7cm - London, 2001/2002

Those Tate tickets became Thion's personal illustrated diary.
The exhibition also included a site specific mural taking you even further into the artist's world. See more images...