Italian artist Valerio D’Ospina painted this fantastic series of oils which all focus on the lost beauty of urban life. Each monochromatic piece resembles the feel of street photography. The use of implied motion is extremely effective. Between the blurring of brush strokes and the strong use of linear perspective, each piece has the feel [...]
The work of Zdzislaw Beksinski is certainly not new, but although it’s been around for several decades, it is still mesmerizing. Some of his paintings have a Francis Bacon meets William Turner feel to them. You often see blurry objects in the background disappearing behind a veil of light next to nightmarish creatures and dark gloomy atmospheres, all with unsaturated colors and ghostly brush strokes. I see it as a dark post-apocalyptic surrealism, which is no wonder taking into account he was a teenager during the Second World War.
In her latest body of work, multi-media artist Siolo Thompson takes on the anxiety of our uncertain political, economic and environmental future and the impact our mistakes and the mistakes of those before us will have on the next generation.
Auckland-based pop surreal artist, Michael Kennedy, paints adorable zombie turnips, donut-obsessed beasts and saccharine-laden creatures. I had the pleasure of working with him last year on curating the group exhibit, Beauty Meets the Bizarre. Merging classical oil painting techniques with an imagination that alludes to a more cartoon world, perusing his works definitely makes one happy. Disconcertingly, too happy.
Michael Scoggins work is right up my alley. It is lighthearted, but they say something about how a child’s mind filters the world. His doodles are done on sheets of paper that are six foot high. He cuts the holes and draws the lines by hand, so it looks like notebook paper.
Many of Michael Lierly’s canvases seem to communicate, through a brash oil technique and vibrant colors and figures, a kind of primal confusion of mood. I’ve been wanting one of his gigantic, enfuriated babies on my wall for over a year now.