Steven Tabbutt – Galerie Yukiko Kawase, Paris
Born 1978 in Maine, USA
When I listen to "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears, automatically I am reminded of playing with Transformers in the back seat of my mother's Honda. Similarly, when I feel autumn approaching, I have happy memories of walking through the sunlight peeking through the oak trees that surrounded the military base I lived on as a boy.
In my adult life, whether it's through my daily activities or my creative expressions, I strive to recapture that sense of security and warmth. I use archetypes and famous characters from children's books and mythology, both of which were an early spark to my fantasy ideal of the world. I aim to depict these characters with a sense of adult reality by revealing the gray areas we often miss as children in a world in which everything is black and white.