A collaboration between @nachofrades and @rata_yonqui, this is a digital illustration that combines the peculiar elements of the two artists (Nacho Frades’ observational study of desolate locations, Rata Yonqui’s disturbing anthropomorphic rats) in a work with a sordid atmosphere, a small urban nightmare.

Not only the composition, but also the sensation that the viewer feels as they observe the painting is reminiscent of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks.

Turtle is the name of the pub where the rat, drunk and tired, found sleep by resting its head on the counter, in a dangerous alley where, in the artists’ idea, acid jazz notes and chords fill the air. “It’s an adventure to walk by here,” says Nacho Frades.

Nacho Frades is a Spanish artist from Madrid born in 1967. His first contact with art was through books and works of art which filled his home and what struck him deeply was a portrait of El Greco painted on a piece of furniture. By the time he was 7 years old, Nacho had began to draw a lot and was constantly visiting museums around the city and subsequently joining the CBA, one of the most important private cultural centers in Europe, characterized by its open attitude towards outstanding innovative artistic trends.

At the CBA, Nacho developed a very strong drawing practice and went on to do a Masters in the south of Spain with Antonio López. Following this, Nacho began working in the animated film industry where he developed a strong passion for digital painting, leading him to create two movies in the space of six years. Frades has been a full-time digital painter since 2005, creating works that inspires a futuristic subconscious.

His digital formation begins in 1987 with his first painting program, Deluxe Paint II. He was looking for a videogame in a pirate diskette bought in the street, and found this little and ancient program that ran in an AMSTRAD PC1512. A great computer in that times.

“In my work I describe worlds that only exists in my mind, I explore this worlds created by the inner mind, they are mainly landscapes of lonely places, where I am the only person in the world, the person that sees them, the observer”.

Collection on SuperRare: https://superrare.com/artwork-v2/turtle-31116

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