Two great Portuguese artists – Alexandre Farto, also known as Vhils, and Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro – converge in Chimera, the third piece in the WWB – WorldWide Bordallianos collection, 135 years after the founding of the Bordallo Pinheiro Artistic Earthenware Factory.
In Chimera, Alexandre Farto shows the essence of Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro's brilliance – a ceramist, in his own factory, evoking all its workers – those of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Those who, daily, materialize and perpetuate the unique and revolutionary legacy that Bordallo Pinheiro has imprinted on the history of Portuguese ceramics and the world for 135 years.
Similarly to Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro, Alexandre Farto challenged all technical and artistic limits of ceramics in Chimera.
Chimera is a large wall decor plate with a diameter of 61 centimeters, which, as regards artistic painting, retrieves an age-old glaze overlapping technique that was applied to the first pieces produced by the Bordallo Pinheiro factory. Due to being hand-painted by Bordallo Pinheiro craftsmen, each of the 135 Chimera pieces are unique and unparalleled.
Alexandre Farto has developed an approach of proximity between his universe and that of Bordallo Pinheiro through experimental work and sharing of artistic knowledge with the factory, applying, in Chimera, a technique developed in his Scratching the Surface project, which consists of the sculpting of bas-relief surfaces by partially removing the surface layers to create compositions with volumetric contrast. In Chimera, this technique was applied by sandblasting, which thinned the upper layer of the artistic ceramic glaze into the shape of a face – the face of the anonymous heroes of the chimera of the Bordallo Pinheiro factory over the last 135 years