The Cryptic Geometry of Daniel Gonçalves

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Daniel Gonçalves is an entirely self taught draughtsman and painter from Porto, Portugal who has recently exhibited in his homeland as well as Paris, New York and London.

Gonçalves started drawing at the age of fifteen in 1992, however due to a difficult childhood and a peripatetic unsettled adult existence, combined with an innate perfectionism means that all work produced before 2015 is either lost or destroyed. Gonçalves first solo show was at the Gallery Cruzes Canhoto, Porto, Portugal in 2016.

Exhibiting a terrifying symmetrical precision, Gonçalves geometric abstraction has an obsessional hallucinogenic quality. Filled with Masonic and occult references, these drawings suggest sacred geometry, tantric images, mandalas, the doors to a bank vault containing the holy of holies, the key to open the crypt of our dreams.

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Dreams of Desire 28 (Nude Bent Forward)

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Nude Bent Forward-Lee Miller 1931
This beautiful and intriguing study was made by the American Surrealist photographer Lee Miller (see Surrealist Women: Lee Miller and Portrait of Space) in the height of her creative and romantic involvement with Man Ray.

Although the immediate impression is that the shoulders are at the bottom edge with the buttocks towards the top, it could also be argued that the reverse is in fact the reality; which makes Miller’s photograph a excellent illustration of the Surrealist principle of questioning perception.