Mezcal vision

Mezcal vision
Tymon de Laat - Mezcal vision
Tymon de Laat - Mezcal vision - progress

7 meter x 2 meter.
Spray paint on concrete.
Oaxaca Mexico
Casa Ofrenda.
Tymon de Laat 2019.

I was travelling through Mexico to shoot some reference images for new upcoming paintings. Visiting rustic distilleries where all the hard work is transformed into this delicious and typical Mexican drink Mezcal. The homebase was the casa Ofrenda in Oaxaca where the adventure continued after a long day running around the palenques, witnessing the production methods of mezcal.

There was no other choice than to leave a piece on the wall here of a local tribe zapotec mask adorned with agave leaves in appreciation of the hospitality.

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De Laat started painting murals and canvases, often based on his own photographs of the people he met during his travels. He exaggerates the natural lines in their faces, and fills the spaces that appear between those swirling lines with swaths of vivid color. The linework and color palette he applies in that way, are a means of translating his memories of Latin America to visual imagery. The food, the architecture, the clothes, and particularly his respect for the culture of indigenous peoples; it’s all in there, as de Laat transitions it over to enliven drab Western concrete.

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