Carhartt WIP / Fall 2021 by Lucas Price
“They’re set up as typical Northern Renaissance images, but have these contemporary surfaces built into them; industrial materials, tools,” says artist Lucas Price of his latest works, created as part of the Carhartt WIP Fall 2021 campaign.
The series of photorealistic oil paintings display Price’s knack for bringing together seemingly disparate worlds in a way that still feels uncanny yet cohesive, as he toys with ideas of painterly tropes and modern design. The clothing featured – taken from the brand’s F/W21 collections – also has a sense of classics rendered anew: fabrics like washed denim and Dearborn Canvas nod to the foundational elements of Carhartt WIP, but have been applied to contemporary reworkings of their archetypes.
Painted by Price in London, the works were then shipped to Berlin to be documented. The resulting series of videos sees the paintings situated in three different settings: storage, transportation, and the gallery. Industrial and prefabricated elements, typically associated with art handling, offer an additional sense of functionality, and serve as a visual counterpoint to Price’s paintings, which are rich in detail and palette.
Lucas Price is an artist who lives and works in London. Known for his photorealistic paintings of ubiquitous objects — basketballs, fire extinguishers, pin badges — which are often mixed with other abstract textual elements, his work offers a probing and occasionally sardonic insight on the fabrication of our everyday reality.