The psychologically charged figurative oil paintings of Jonathan Viner stimulate intrigue and mystery with their unusual and strange visual narratives. He uses a bold, spontaneous process that allows for a painting to slowly generate and reveal itself. Inspired by old master paintings, contemporary illustration, to 1970’s film, and internet images, Viner has fabricated a world of heightened realism and intensity.
Clowns lie flattened on their backs or slumped over on park benches in Shane Campbell’s oil paintings. Parades seem more like funeral processions, passersby whisper hateful lies, and cops keep a menacing watch. The muted and drab colors and the crude, wash-like brushwork heighten the sense of doom and gloom in Campbell’s pieces, conveying a sense of despondence, hopelessness, and humiliation. Powerful stuff.
Florida-based artist, Andy Espinoza, studies at the Ringling College of Art and Design, majoring in Illustration. His paintings are beautifully conceptualised, rich in narrative and technically impressive. Of his work, he says: ‘I see each human figure as a unique challenge. I am coaxed to find the unique relationship between the shapes and tones that […]