Skount (Spain)

International Artist

Skount (Spain)

International Artist

Now residing in Amsterdam, surrealist artist, Skount, has an irrepressible curiosity for other cultures which has inspired him to travel and study different forms of creativity and traditions around the world. Skount has also worked and exhibited throughout Spain, Europe, Japan, China, Israel, Australia, Mexico and the United States.

Inspired by the classical Spanish theatre of the town where he spent the most of his childhood (Almagro), Skount’s oneiric masked characters beckon the viewer from the urban environment into their mysterious and playful dreamscapes.

 

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ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Skount is originally from Spain but currently lives and works from Amsterdam. Inspired by the classical Spanish theatre of the town where he spent most of his childhood (Almagro), Skount’s oneiric masked characters beckon the viewer from the urban environment into their mysterious and playful dreamscapes. The great playwrights of Skount’s youth formed a lasting impression, where he regards life as a wonderful play, in which everyone has a role.

Driven by the fundamental desire to free his own mind, Skount’s creativity knows no bounds. With a background in Street art, his artistic expression spans paint, paper, music and performance, to video art, sculpture, and installation. Yet Skount always comes back to masks. Humans the world over, have used masks since ancient times for sacred rituals, as ornamentation, and in performances and theatre. The mask disguises the identity of its wearer, and symbolizes the need to hide or repress a person’s desires, fears and concerns. Skount observes that everybody carries a mask, with it we conceal our identity and adopt a more socially acceptable image to get by day to day. But we can also choose the moments and people with whom we can reveal our true nature, and take off our masks.

Skount’s irrepressible curiosity for other cultures has inspired him to travel and study different forms of creativity and traditions around the world. Skount has worked and exhibited throughout Spain, Europe, Japan, China, Israel, Australia, Mexico and the United States.

ARTIST STATEMENT: ‘Projections: Internal latent’

One of the challenges in anthropology is finding the precise derivation of human culture and early activities, with the invention and use of the mask representing one of the unanswered questions today. The use of masks dates back several millennia. It is believed that the first masks may have generally been used by primitive people to associate the wearer with some kind of unimpeachable authority, such as “the gods” or to otherwise lend credence to the person’s claim on a given social role.

Humans worldwide have used masks since ancient times for sacred rituals, as ornamentation, in performances and theatre. The mask disguises the identity of its owner, and symbolizes the need to hide or repress a person’s desires, fears or concerns.

Skount considers that everyone carries masks; with it we conceal our identity and adopt a more socially acceptable image to get by day to day. However, there are also moments in which we can reveal our true nature, and take them off. For one year Skount focus his artworks on the study of projection as a defence mechanism by which the subject attributes to others their virtues or defects, including their shortcomings. This phenomenon operates in situations of emotional conflict, internal or external threat of origin, attributing to other people or objects feelings, thoughts and desires that they never quite accepted in themselves because they generate distress or anxiety. As a result, the person can lose his real soul by trying to draw a new identity while looking at others distorting or redrawing their true identity in order to blend with mainstream society.

This is a clear symptom of paranoia as deformation of a normal process that leads us to search the outside world the cause of our affections. Although the term was used by Sigmund Freud from 1895 to refer specifically to a mechanism observed in paranoid personalities or subjects directly paranoid, various psychoanalytic schools have later generalized the concept to designate a primary defence. As such, it is present in all psychic structures (in psychosis, neurosis and perversion). Therefore, in attenuated form, also operates in certain forms of thought completely normal everyday life.

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Projections: Internal latent, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast AUSTRALIA
2015 Projections: Searching curated by Visual Therapy, Almakan Gallery, Sharq KUWAIT
2013 DE TAPAS. Anagra gallery. Tokyo JAPAN
2013 IDENTITY DISORDER. C.A.V.E. Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2013 FRAGMENTS OF MYTHOLOGICAL DREAMS, The Tate gallery, Sydney AUSTRALIA
2011 PHYSICAL-PLASTIC RELEASE, Artixnova Portal SPAIN
2011 HOPE SUNSETS. Aalborg showroom. Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS
2011 MARAÑA DIÁFANA AL ALMA. Why cube, Lamutante Gallery COLOMBIA
2011 ARCANE SEASONS. C.A.V.E gallery, Venice , Los Angeles USA
2010 Permanent Artworks. Art Asylum Boston Gallery, Boston USA
2010 PHYSICAL-PLASTIC RELEASE: LIQUIDS, La casa del rector Art space, Almagro SPAIN
2010 REVOLUTION FEELINGS. Studio54 (Tacheles). Berlin GERMANY
2010 (DA=). Espora art space. Madrid SPAIN
2009 DEBERIA ESTAR PROHIBIDO MORIR EN PRIMAVERA. Welldone gallery. Barcelona SPAIN
2009 Permanent artworks. Miscelänea Space. Barcelona SPAIN

Group Exhibitions

2017 “ASA Go Show” Group Show, GO Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2015 Collaboration with Gwion/TVB Designs for Graffuturism Group Show, curated by Urban Art Now, Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS
2015 Stroke Art Fair, Munich GERMANY
2013 DIFFERENT STROKES. Just Us Gallery. Maroonchydore AUSTRALIA
2013 ART ON PAPER. Name Gallery, Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS
2013 LA ESCOCESA Mural Festival, edition II. Barcelona SPAIN
2013 THE BRIDGE Festival, Paris FRANCE
2013 KOSMOPOLITE ART TOUR, Bagnolet, Paris FRANCE
2013 BEAKING THE SEAL, Kerbside, Brisbane AUSTRALIA
2013 KOSMOPOLITE ART TOUR, Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS
2013 HIGH FIVE, C.A.V.E. Gallery, Los Angeles USA
2013 VENICE ARTWALK AUCTION with C.A.V.E Gallery. Google, Los Angeles USA
2013 THE PROJECTS ENMORE, Sydney AUSTRALIA
2013 ANALOGUE/DIGITAL Conferences, Brisbane AUSTRALIA
2013 STROKE Art Fair, Urban Stylistix Gallery, Munich GERMANY
2013 FAFTLV 2. Tel Aviv ISRAEL
2012 WEART, Contemporary Art Festival, Barcelona SPAIN
2012 WAENDE SÜDOST, Mural Art Project. Essen GERMANY
2012 KOSMOPOLITE ART TOUR, Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS
2012 FAC, Street Art Festival, Barcelona SPAIN
2012 BLOOP, Art Festival, Ibiza SPAIN
2012 CASTRO STREET ART PROJECT, Tel Aviv ISRAEL
2012 STROKE, Urban Art Fair, Munich GERMANY
2012 VAN DE STRAAT, Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS
2011 FRESH PRODUCE 2011, Anno Domini gallery. San Jose USA
2011 SINK OR SWIN, Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco USA
2011 ASA NEW STARS, The Thought Gallery, Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS
2011 LAK AAN BRAAK, Mural Project, Kunst en centrum signe, Heerlen THE NETHERLANDS
2011 PRINT THE FABRIC, Sa Fábrica Artspace, Mahón SPAIN
2011 SE DEBE CONSERVAR EL ARTE URBANO CREADO BAJO LA PREMISA: PENSAR, CREER, ACTUAR Y OLVIDAR. By Elena Gayo, Reina Sofia Contemporary National Museum, Madrid SPAIN
2010 FRESH PRODUCE 2010, Anno Domini Gallery, San Jose USA
2010 STREET ART RECORDS, CEX Exhibition Centre, Ciudad Real SPAIN
2010 BEYOND THE EDEN, Art Fair, curated by C.A.V.E Gallery, Los Angeles USA
2010 URBAN ARTS MADRID II, Espacio 8. Madrid SPAIN
2010 5º ASALTO, Street Art Festival, Zaragoza SPAIN
2010 MISI MISI, itinerant, The Brandery Festival, Barcelona SPAIN
2009 MISI MISI, itinerant, Chicharro Gallery. Santa Cruz de Tenerife SPAIN
2009 MISI MISI, itinerant, Aperitivos Visuals, Orotava SPAIN
2009 MADPOSTER, Poster Festival, Madrid SPAIN
2009 INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC THEATRE FESTIVAL, 32 edition, Almagro SPAIN
2009 CRUX FESTIVAL, La casa del rector Showroom, Almagro SPAIN
2009 STICK ME HARD 2, THE WORST CASE, Musma Gallery, Brussels BELGIUM
2009 SPIRITIVITY PROYECT, Collaboration. 798 Art District, Beijing CHINA
2009 MADRID PRECARIOUS CITY, Espora Art Space, Madrid SPAIN
2009 DJ´S CONTRA LA FAM Festival IV y V edition. Barcelona SPAIN
2009 SKATE ART/SKATE RIP, itinerant, Digital Entertaiment Jam 2009, museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci. Milan ITALY
2009 SKATE ART/SKATE RIP, itinerant, Cripta del FAD (Art and design fomentation). Barcelona SPAIN
2008 GALERIA OBERTA, Street Art Event, Barcelona SPAIN
2008 LA RUE EST A NOUS, Street Art Festival, Paris FRANCE
2008 MINIPRINTS, Impaktes Visuals Art Gallery, Sabadell SPAIN
2008 EZK8 Festival, Skateboards Exhibition, Ibiza SPAIN

ACHIEVEMENTS AND EXPERIENCE

2013 INNER COLOR commissioned by Tales of the Nine project, Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS
2013 TREE OF LIFE commissioned by Tales of the Nine project, Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS
2013 LIFE Holala Plaza, Barcelona SPAIN
2013 COLOR PROJECTIONS: DUALITY, Streetart.nl limited print edition THE NETHERLANDS
2013 HERA commissioned by Tales of the nine project, Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS
2013 COLOR PROJECTION commissioned by C.A.V.E gallery, Los Angeles USA
2013 JUSTICE, StupidKrap Limited Print Edition AUSTRALIA
2013 UGLY Billboard Project. Sydney AUSTRALIA
2012 CASTRO, Clothing Collection, Tel Aviv ISRAEL
2012 MORPHIK, Limited Edition bracelets, California USA
2011 MASAT (Madrid street advertising takeover) Madrid SPAIN
2009 RIVERMÚSICA festival, Montana Shop & Gallery, Barcelona SPAIN
2009 NALI PATIO. Beijing CHINA
2009 LU12.28 fashion designer shop decoration. Beijing CHINA
2009 PINZAT, Bags Limited Edition Collection, Barcelona SPAIN
2008 PHYSICAL-PLASTIC RELEASE, video art director and painter SPAIN
2008 LA CUADRA, Bso, short film by Antonio Laguna

PUBLICATIONS

2013 HOOP DOOG Art Magazine, issue 22 THE NETHERLANDS
2013 LAS CALLES HABLAN, video documentary
2012 GRAFFITI Y ARTE URBANO, book by Cristian Campos
2012 MUURMAG, issue 5 THE NETHERLANDS
2012 ATLAS ILUSTRADO DEL GRAFFITI Y ARTE URBANO, Book by Cristian Campos, Susaeta
2012 RELOAD magazine, issue57
2011 LOS NOMBRES ESENCIALES DEL ARTE URBANO Y GRAFFITI ESPAÑOL, Book by Mario Suárez, Llunberg SPAIN
2011 FRESH –Cutting Edge Illustrations. Slanted. GERMANY
2011 ART AND DESIGN Magazine CHINA
2011 MONO magazine VENEZUALA
2011 LABIRINTO LITERÁRIO, issue25. Rio de Janeiro BRASIL
2011 1000 IDEAS FOR GRAFFITI AND STREET ART, book by Cristian Campos
2011 ROOMS, Art Magazine issue3. London UK
2010 STREET ART JOURNAL, Los Angeles USA
2010 MURALISMO MORTE, book by Jens besser, From here to fame
2009 ILEGAL SQUAD,issue40 México DF MEXICO
2008 FAIRE LE MUR, video documentary. Paris FRANCE

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