Jesús Leguizamo is an artist from Bogotá, Colombia, who in his depictions of people erases and blurs that which defines the human being – the face. Through expressive brushstrokes, he creates compelling and memorable paintings which explore human fragility and how this can be expressed in the medium of paint.
His haunting paintings come across as intimate peeks into someone’s emotional state of mind or a memory which has begun to fade, leaving incomplete snippets in your mind.
Karlsruhe, Germany based artist Hirofumi Fujiwara was born in Hiroshima, Japan. His sculptures in clay and plastic are looking aimlessly, yet awake and openly towards the viewer. In inconspicuous clothing, which Fujiwara has carefully painted, they appear contemporary. The transparent plastic tubes lull the figures partially or completely into pensive sleep and let their contours disappear, blurred behind virtual foam.
Hirofumi Fujiwara graduated in 2009 from the Okayama Prefectural University, Soja-shi, Okayama in Japan with a Bachelor of Arts. Since 2010 he has been studying at the Karlsruhe Academy of Fine Arts. In Japan his work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and cultural institutions.
Denver-based artist Caleb Hahne is a classic draftsman who’s not afraid to explore new digital media, while still embracing the same tools artists have been using for hundreds of years. Exploring the conversation between perceiver and perceived, Hahne’s work reflects on the fleeting moments of intimacy with oneself and others.
Hahne remixes convention by first appropriating images found on the internet. He then expands his technique by reducing information and creating a surrogate figure for the viewer to interact with. These ambiguous silhouettes function as empty vessels in which one can place himself or herself within to experience moments of intimacy or lack thereof. The absence of identity portrays an unfinished picture or blurred memory for the viewer to complete for themselves.
Lars Elling‘s paintings are layered narratives told in a fragmented visual language that incorporate allusions to film and photography, sometimes also invoking nostalgia with references to private photo albums.
In Elling’s large canvases, human bodies rarely take entirely conventional forms. Rather, their faces and limbs melt into nonfigurative elements–atmosphere, blurred color, scrubbed-out regions of neutral tint–gesturing toward a broader horizon, nodding at persona and narrative while ultimately frustrating any drive toward coherence or story.
Check out this selection of paintings by Manchester-based artist Iain Andrews. The main themes of his work are the relationship between love and suffering /death, apparent opposites that remain a constant theme.
His recent work is concerned with the struggle to capture the relationship between the spirit and the flesh, incongruous subjects that are expressed in his work through the conflict of high religious themes with sensuous painterly marks. Paintings are often stained or blurred to create the effect of an image viewed through the faded layers of time and history and to further disrupt the literalness of what is depicted.