Add Fuel just recently finished his addition to FALU Urban Art Festival in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. The mural entitled CALDENSE was inspired by the enormous Bordallo Pinheiro, the richness of natural elements represented in his collections and the genius shapes of his objects, Add Fuel’s intention was to reinterpret the legacy of traditional Caldas ceramics and offer the inhabitants of the city this tribute.
“From the blue of secular tiles to the green of Bordallo cabbages, from the shape of artichokes to the one of decorative pots, from the master’s realistic fauna and flora to my own imaginary creatures, this wall that is now part of the city wants to be as Caldense as each one of its inhabitants.” the artist mentioned.
Portuguese visual artist Diogo Machado alias Add Fuel has always been fascinated with the aesthetic possibilities of symmetrical patterning and tessellations. His focus towards working with and reinterpreting the language of traditional tile design, and that of the Portuguese tin-glazed ceramic azulejo in particular. Effortlessly blending these two seemingly-irreconcilable visual idioms, his current practice seeks to combine traditional decorative elements with contemporary visual referents into new forms that reveal an impressive complexity and a masterful attention to detail.
Take a look below to see more of Add Fuel’s masterpiece.