Lucian Freud created an entirely new genre in the depiction of the human figure. His ‘naked portraits’ present subjects as pure animal forms not dissimilar from inanimate still life objects, while at the same time rendering painted flesh with an extraordinary, penetrating humanity. ‘A Not So Still Life’ presents Freud’s late large paintings ‘Naked portrait in a red chair’ (1999) and ‘David and Eli’ (2003–4). By turns clinical and intimate, stark and tender, the works resulted from weeks of intense sitting by and scrutiny of the artist’s subjects. While the woman in the first portrait goes unnamed, the second picture identifies Freud’s two most constant companions: his long-time studio assistant and friend David Dawson, and his whippet Eli. Both paintings evidence Freud’s almost ruthless process of observation and forensic reckoning of the human body. “Living people interest me far more than anything else,” Freud stated. “I’m really interested in them as animals. The one thing about human animals is their individuality: liking to work from them naked is part of that reason, because I can see more.” Continue Reading
Augistine Kofie’s series entitled “Circulatory System” feature a clean delineation of geometric forms
and divisions of space with a resemblance to the technical precision of architectural drafting. Kofie’s adept grasp of sharp illustration results in a style of meticulous rendering, which never seems cold or sterile due to the delicate sense of balance maintained within each composition. Continue Reading
Heinke’s works revolve around the company to interpersonal relationships, to which you and I like the We and others. He feels contemporary social trends by showing break points on interpersonal interaction – the emotional shallowness of relationships, loneliness, inability to exchange ideas in a fast pace of embossed, globalized world.
The world of Japanese artist Atsushi Tawa combines a variety of mediums and methods from sculpture to painting, video and drawing creating a visceral world that dissects the established societal norm. Allusively functional objects, bejeweled, bedazzled, and bewitched redefine the nature of beauty. Continue Reading
A detached, yet highly personal effect transmits through Korean Artist Ho Ryon Lee’s photorealistic paintings.
Jon Jaylo’s artworks play around a parallel dream world where everything is floating surreal and dancing in a contained universe inspired by poetry. His technical depictions are often varying in display and style, as if he himself is never contented with the present stature of his works. They are constantly evolving in both idea and form, gradually maturing together with the artist himself. Continue Reading
Like other realms of the culture, the visual arts are, at the moment, a male-dominated profession. in spite of the fact that MFA graduates are overwhelmingly women, it’s men who get the crucial solo exhibitions at galleries which can make or break an artist’s career. Lets recognize the work of 7 young female artists who are breaking new ground, these days. Here is a sampling of their work. Continue Reading