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Frank To exhibition inspired by Machiavelli

By on May 20, 2015

Frank To has been inspired by Machiavelli’s masterpiece The Prince in his latest work now in an exhibition at By Distinction Art Gallery in Byres Road.

To has depicted a selection of key scenes from the famous book and features text excerpts translated into Auld Scots.

He said: “I have always been fascinated by the Italian Renaissance – recent exhibitions have featured Dante’s Divine Comedy and anatomical studies inspired by the great Leonardo Da Vinci – and have been researching how power can be wielded to manipulate others.

“Inspired by research into illustrated books for children, especially those by Roald Dahl featuring illustrations by Quentin Blake, the exhibition features paintings of children portrayed in a Machiavellian way because, as far as I’m concerned, children are the most Machiavellian little creatures imaginable!

“In this latest exhibition, I’m exploring the dark concept of art, though disguised in an innocent, Machiavellian way.”

To’s Machiavelli-inspired paintings can be seen in his solo show at By Distinction Art Gallery, 100 Byres Road, Glasgow until June 13.

Background – Born in Falkirk in 1982, To graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a BA (Hons) Fine Art before going on to gain a Masters of Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone Art College. In recent years he has exhibited alongside some of the greats of the international art scene, including Banksy, Jimmy Choo and Antony Gormley.

Main Picture – Frank To by Tracy McQuillan and below, Machiavelli – Affection

Machiavelli's Law -  Affection-2

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