How Gary James McQueen, nephew of the late Alexander McQueen, uses advanced technology to create haunting digital art

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About the artist: For many years, artist and designer Gary James McQueen worked as head of textiles under his uncle, the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen. There he focused on the unique ways art and fabric can intersect, even how optical illusions can be incorporated into textile design. After the death of his uncle in 2010, Gary James McQueen embarked on the development of his own brand, which aims to continue experimenting at the intersection of fashion and art. In his artistic practice, he has mastered 3D technology, creating striking new designs and artwork that looks both Victorian and futuristic.

Why we love it: Currently, several of McQueen’s works are featured in the five-artist exhibition “First impressionsat the West Chelsea Contemporary in New York. The works are printed using 3D lenticular technology and feature the kind of hauntingly beautiful imagery associated with the McQueen name, such as a skull made up of flowers. The lenticular printing process means that, in person, the images have a holographic quality, with the images taking on a new shape as the viewer moves from side to side, or appearing to possess the illusion of depth.

What the gallery says: “Drawing on his experience in the fashion industry, Gary James McQueen has developed three-dimensional lenticular artwork that immerses viewers in the world of McQueen storytelling. After working under the guidance of his uncle heading textiles, he branched out to create his own brand where he forged his way through the media.Applying his advanced knowledge of digital technology to traditional principles of art and fashion, McQueen created a line of limited-edition silk scarves, three-dimensional lenticular works of art, and most recently launched an all-digital fashion show using digital modeling software, 3D-printed sculptures, and photography, McQueen’s body of work finds innovative modes of expression and communication for the modern age.

Discover the artist’s works below.

Wild beauty
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Gary James McQueen, Wild beauty (2021). Courtesy of West Chelsea Contemporary.

Modernist Fantastic Birds
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Gary James McQueen, Modernist Fantastic Birds (2022).  Courtesy of West Chelsea Contemporary.

Gary James McQueen, Modernist Fantastic Birds (2022). Courtesy of West Chelsea Contemporary.

The flayed angel (2022)
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Gary James McQueen, The Flayed Angel (2022).  Courtesy of West Chelsea Contemporary.

Gary James McQueen, The flayed angel (2022). Courtesy of West Chelsea Contemporary.

First impressionsis on view at the West Chelsea Contemporary in New York until February 27, 2022.

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