Quayola’s Jardins d’Été is part of his ongoing 2015 series, which reflects the tradition of the representation of landscape through painting. The piece is a 4K video rendering of his animation and highlights the heritage of landscape painting, particularly French landscape painting. Jardins d’Éte is composed of a series of videos of flowers in full bloom, which Quayola filmed in 2016 at night. These flowers, swaying gently in the wind and are highlighted by a spotlight. They look almost as though they are dancing and emerging from the darkness, the shifting hues of pinks, blues and greens interrupt the black background and become the focal point of the digital painting.
Quayola employs technology as a lens to explore the tensions and equilibriums between seemingly opposing forces: the real and artificial, the figurative and the abstract, the old and the new. Constructing immersive installations, he engages with and re-imagines canonical imagery through contemporary technology. Landscape painting, classical sculpture and iconography are some of the historical aesthetics that serve as a point of departure for Quayola’s hybrid compositions. His varied practice, all deriving from custom computer software, also includes audio-visual performance, immersive video installations, sculpture, and works on paper. His work has been performed and exhibited in many prestigious institutions worldwide including V&A Museum, London; Park Avenue Armory, New York; National Art Centre, Tokyo; UCCA, Beijing; How Art Museum, Shanghai; SeMA, Seoul; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Ars Electronica, Linz; Sonar Festival, Barcelona and Sundance Film Festival. Also, a frequent collaborator on musical projects, Quayola has worked with composers, orchestras and musicians including London Contemporary Orchestra, National Orchestra of Bordeaux, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Vanessa Wagner, Jamie XX, Mira Calix, Plaid and Tale Of Us. In 2013, Quayola was awarded the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica.