Joseph Alexander Goode is an artist based in Hackney, UK with a flair for eccentricity and a mischievous outlook on life.
The Cygnus Papilio artwork is a collection of assemblage pieces created by foraging through thousands of vintage publications of long-forgotten etchings and paintings. Joseph captures the images digitally and then individually imports them as single layers into the master artwork, which comprises many hundreds of other such layers. Backgrounds, overlays & typographic elements are added to the piece, which is finally formatted for printing. The whole process can take several hundred hours.
One of his pieces has been described as a “Victorian acid trip” and Joseph says, “I’ve tried to focus on beauty in its purest form, and to explore the essence of what we find visually appealing. It’s an incredibly deep & complex science, which nobody fully understands, but it’s important to me to try to push the boundaries of how we define beauty.”
You can see more of what Joseph is up to over on his Facebook page.