The true story of Lampião the infamous leader of a gang of bandits or Cangaceiros, has long-been Ron King's particular fascination. Lampião, together with his girlfriend Maria Bonita, ruled over huge parts of north-east Brazil in the 1920s and 30s and became the subject of many stories, songs and poems. The Cangaceiros were brutal, but achieved a Robin Hood-like status and are still dominant in Brazilian popular culture. Ron’s dark and angular sculptures, draw on the combination of terror which the bandits inspired, and the surprisingly detailed and colourful adornments of their bandit costumes, hats and sashes.
His preoccupation with these bandit sculptures has been a central part of Ron’s artistic practice for the past 50 years. Born in Sao Paulo, Ron lived in Brazil until the age of twelve, when he had to leave his home for boarding school in England. But Brazil and its culture never left Ron and for decades, alongside all the books, prints and sculptures he has made, much of his work, including this unique and impressive collection of bandit figures, has been inspired by Brazilian folklore.
Presented by FlipSide as a central part of its 2016 community engagement work, and in the year of the Rio Olympics, this striking exhibition brings o espirito do Brazil to Great Yarmouth!