Russian artist, Oleg Dou presents his new series 'Cubs,' the second solo exhibition he's had in Spain.
For the first time Dou abandons his normal square format and now offers child portraits of a grim perfection, pale complexion, and lifeless appearance. Dou says he was first inspired by a curious tradition practiced in the XIX century: child funeral portrait. From that, he also took his own childhood experiences when his mother made him dress up in costumes on Halloween and forced him to pose for pictures. Like all of Dou's other work, in this exhibition he takes something as traditional as a portrait and puts a contemporary spin on it.
As a representative of a new generation of Russian artists, Dou says that he doesn't try to spread any social or political message with art. What is special about his work is that his unique style of combining shooting and digital retouching results in him straddling the line between beauty and strangeness.