Lebenson gallery and Deeep are proud to show, in collaboration with Morf Gallery, Oxia Palus
George is a UK Space Agency PhD candidate at University College London (UCL) researching trace gases in the Martian atmosphere. George holds a Master’s in Space Science and Engineering from University College London and a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Warwick.
George’s journey into the world of AI art is circular, from art to space science to machine learning to art. His influences in AI art lie at the nexus of space exploration, dreams, and science fiction. His work through Oxia Palus, reconstructing the past with AI offers an alternative to how AI is creating new value in the art world. He asks, “If we could use AI to accelerate the identification and reconstruction of all art that has been lost from the world, how would this change our understanding of the history of art and society today?”.
Anthony is a Machine Learning and Behavioural Neuroscience PhD candidate at University College London. Anthony holds a BA in theoretical physics from Trinity College Dublin, an MSc in high performance computing from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in machine learning from University College London and has worked on many industry projects in the machine learning domain.
With great passion in the machine vision space and the philosophy of computation, Anthony’s interest in AI art is rooted in humankind’s perception of creativity. Since the early 1930s, the mere concept of artificial computation has been at the epicentre of thinking in mathematics and the philosophy of mind. “Are minds mechanical processes?” … and therefore, subject to the same incomplete properties of formal systems as set out by mathematician, Kurt Godel? Humankind’s difficulty in empathising with AI.
George and Anthony’s different backgrounds, perspectives and motivating passions for art are at the centre of Oxia Palus’ unique approach rooted in an unusual adversarial collaboration, where often competitiveness drives progress. Much like natural selection drives evolution. Often a consensus on the appropriate methods or algorithms cannot be reached and many diverse plans are implemented.
The result is a way of looking at the past that has never before been considered, with an objective that has never before been explored, using a range of technologies that have never before been combined.
OUR MISSION IS TO UNCOVER MASTERPIECES LOST TO THE AGES USING AI.
Oxia Palus is an artificial intelligence startup resurrecting the world’s lost art.
In September 2019 Oxia Palus featured in MIT Technology Review for reconstructing a lost Picasso, La Femme Perdue and subsequently gained worldwide press coverage. Since then Oxia Palus has presented research at NeurIPS 2019, came 3rd in NVIDIA’s Top 10 AI Developer Stories of 2019 and recently featured in NVIDIA’s GTC 2020 Keynote by NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang. In May 2020 Oxia Palus joined NVIDIA’s Inception Program.
In October 2020 we were featured in NVIDIA’s GTC Inaugural AI Art Gallery to unveil Madonna, a lost Leonardo da Vinci, hidden beneath da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks. Oxia Palus was founded in London in January 2019 by George Cann and Anthony Bourached.
A re-creation of Modigliani’s ‘hidden’ portrait of Beatrice Hastings, created by Oxia Palus using AI techniques.
Information on the World’s first physical exhibition of NeoMaster™:
This piece will be on display in the Lebenson Gallery, along with an edition of the first NeoMaster™, and a video demo of the reconstruction process from the 10th-25th of June. This is the first time either NeoMaster™ will be physically exhibited, and the first time Beatrice Hastings will be exhibited at all. There will be 64 editions of the world’s second NeoMaster™, one to commemorate each year of Beatrice's life. The one on display in the Lebenson will be the prototype edition No 1. Parc del laberint d'horta (the first NeoMaster) will be edition No. 31. Editions of Beatrice Hastings will go on sale on the 10th of June through MORF Gallery, and through representatives at the Lebenson Gallery.
In 2018, it was reported that x-rays from the Modigliani Technical Research Study from 2017 to 2018, had uncovered an earlier painting of a figure hidden beneath Amedeo Modigliani's 1917 Portrait of a Girl. The study was performed in preparation for the exhibition "Modigliani" held at the Tate Modern from 23rd November 2017 to 2nd April 2018. The hidden figure shows a woman that Tate researchers have suggested is of Modigliani's ex-lover Beatrice Hastings. The couple had a tempestuous relationship that ended in 1916. The Portrait of a Girl was completed afterwards in 1917. The timing suggests that Modigliani may have painted over his former lover. Whilst Modigliani's Portrait of a Girl (1917) was titled 'Mademoiselle Victoria' in a catalogue for an exhibition at the Lefevre Gallery in 1929, the identity of the model remains uncertain. The Portrait of a Girl (1917) is currently held at the Tate in London.