Fusing the art of sculpture and fleshy painting creates hyper-realistic forms that remain surreal in their context. Flesh for thought.
Soaking up the atmosphere of San Francisco and infusing his paintings with the city’s energy, Jeremy Mann manages to distill all of this and more with style.
Graduating Cum Laude in fine art painting from Ohio University, he then earned Valedictorian honours from the Academy of Art Uni in San Francisco where he has been based ever since. Working on wood panels, the pieces are large scale and use a myriad of clever painting techniques and a moody yet vivid colour palette.
My love for realist painting has no bounds and one of my favorites is Christopher Stott, whose 12 works are showing at the George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles till tomorrow…CHRISTOPHER STOTT
A master of colour and craft.
Born in Seoul,Korea,Lee graduated with a BFA in painting from the College of Fine Arts, Hannam University and an MFA in painting from Hong-Ik University. He has held two solo shows in Seoul and participated in a variety of group exhibitions in Seoul,Toyko and Beijing. He was awarded the Second Award for the 2006 Seoul Fine Art Award and the Third Award for the Korean Fine Ar t Award in both 2005 and 2006.
Lee Horyon uses overlapping and interlocking images to weave a voyeuristic allure into his oil paintings. Always maintaining a fixed distance from the model, Lee’s work separates the relationship between image and desire. Though the subject itself is revealing and seducing, the intimately intertwined images weave the viewpoint and gaze in an elegant manner.
Yago Hortal, born 1983 in Barcelona, continues to live and work there and in Berlin.
Taking a more fluid approach to acrylic, he creates dynamic images that exist in a space between abstraction and representation, exploiting this material beautifully. More at: Yago Hortal
Perhaps it’s the burst of spring in the air but I’ve been yearning for sharp blasts of mind searing colours and found them in the work of Michael Reafsnyder and Yago Hortal (whose work I will discuss in part 2) both of who utilize thick layers of acrylics.
Michael Reafsnyder, born 1969, received his Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art at Chapman University in 1992 and his Masters of Fine Arts at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 1996.
He’s had numerous solo exhibitions nationally and internationally at such venues as Western Project in Culver City, CA; Blum and Poe in Los Angeles, CA; W.C.C.A in Singapore; Uplands Gallery in Melbourne, Australia and Galeria Marta Cervera in Madrid, Spain. The dimensional qualities to his work really bring the painting to life. See more at: Michael Reafsnyder.
With a mesmerizing sense of absinthe induced hallucination, Van Gogh’s ethereal 1889 masterpiece,”Starry Night” comes magically to life, its haunting swirls set alight with interactive beauty. See example below.
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Alexandra Pacula is a Polish born NYC artist and is a winner of the Saatchi showdown 2008.
“I suggest motion in order to slow down the scene and capture the fleeting moments, which tend to be forgotten,” Alexandra Pacula says. “By interpreting lights in graphic or painterly ways, I create a sense of space, alluding to a hallucinogenic experience. I want the viewer’s eye to travel within my composition and experience a familiar exhilarating event of an actual nightly excursion.”
“I am fascinated by the ambiance of the city at night and its seductive qualities. The breathtaking turbulence of speeding vehicles and hasty pedestrians evoke feelings of wonder and disorientation. The vibrant lights become a magical landscape with enticing opportunities and promises of fulfillment.”
Getting lost in these intoxicating visuals is a pleasure…