Tag Archives: painting

Agustin Surai – Inventories

If you’re a designer like me (which I’m assuming most of you are), then you are well versed in all things Adobe Illustrator, and if you use AI like I do, then after a vigorous designing session your artboard surrounded your creation tends to look like a whirlwind of colorful ephemera and bits and pieces of discarded materials. That’s exactly what I though of when I first saw Agustin Surai’s Inventories series of illustrations. These pieces are like snapshots of a debris field in a hurricane – tree limbs, animals, electronics, clothing…all flying around independent of each other. Other pieces in the series seem to tell a story or collect a narrative of sorts using only the handful of objects on the canvas.

See more artwork by Agustin Surai here.

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Shane McAdams – Ball Point Pen Paintings

These “paintings” by Shane McAdams remind me images taken with an electron microscope of paramecium or algae strands. I say “paintings” not with disdain, but because they are actually all produced using various common ball point pens on a resin surface. The compositions are excellent and I love the layered and unfocused quality the resin gives to some of the strokes and lines.

See more of Shane McAdams’ works here.

Ricardo Gonzalez Garcia

Patterns, structures and environments come crashing together in the surrealist aftermath paintings by Ricardo Gonzalez Garcia. Ricardo describes his works as a meeting ground of multiple dimensions and I couldn’t agree more. Rooms and architectural elements dissolve into flat, 2D spaces inhabited by color swashes and detailed ornamentation which gives the works a woozy, dream-like quality.

Visit Ricardo Gonzalez Garcia’s portfolio here.

Robert Josiah Bingaman

Artist Robert Josiah Bingman plays with the night like a photographer would with long exposures. Light saturates and spreads across the darkness, from glowing pools and radiating neon, or distant skylines, creating tension and mood from nothing more than shadows and reflections. His newest series, The Race, seems to imagine night as day, as if the sun never existed, with rich, deep, dusky tones and twilight backdrops.

Be sure to also check out his Nocturnes series, large scale works with rising structures and back lit landscapes that resemble matte paintings from science fiction films.

Visit Robert Josiah Bingaman’s website here.

Yago Hortal

Barcelona-trained, Berlin-based artist Yago Hortal has been creating his colorful acrylic based abstract artwork for years, but he’s only just recently come across my radar. I love the smeared, serpentine streaks seemingly suspended in neutral tanks of gradients and the giant Gerhard Richter-esque paint draw-downs taking center stage on his dramatic and expressive creations.

Visit Yago Hortal’s portfolio here.

Aaron Smith – “Coterie of the Wooly-Woofter”

I love the new series of paintings from west coast-based painter, Aaron Smith, entitled Coterie of the Wooly-Woofter. Portraits of bearded and moustachioed characters that resemble authors, generals and great gentlemen of yore. I especially find the layered, seemingly haphazard brush marks and strokes and the wild use of colors absolutely mesmerizing. Of course each of these paintings are anything but erratic, perfectly forming imaginative and highly kaleidoscopic visions. Vivid and energetic.

Visit Aaron Smith’s portfolio here.

Alexis Rockman – A Fable for Tomorrow exhibition

Last week, during a trip through DC, I had the pleasure of taking in the Alexis Rockman exhibition A Fable for Tomorrow, now showing at the Smithsonian American Art Musuem. I pride myself on having an extensive knowledge of Art and Art History (even a degree in it!) but had never heard of Alexis or his large scale commentaries on culture, technology and our interaction with nature. The images above of his wildly imaginative and often brutally honest paintings do not do his work justice. They have to be seen, in person, to be believed. Genetic mutations, Darwinian battles, and man’s injustices to his Earth are all covered and taken to surreal extremes. The work is brilliant and thoughtful, and for the first time in a very long while I found myself sitting down and just taking all the artworks in. It’s a grand narrative and I encourage everyone who can, to visit before the show ends on May 8th.

Visit the exhibition page here, and Mr. Rockman’s portfolio here.