Katherine Bernhardt’s paintings embody cosmopolitan edginess. Her lush canvases, which themselves pose as the currency of beguiling luxury, incorporate all the fantasy trappings of seduction, decadence and corruption, each charged with sordid soap operatic climax and the command of true-to-type bitches and divas.
Toronto based Elly Smallwood is a contemporary artist who focuses on expressive portraits. In her portraits, Smallwood explores the distortion of the face through movement and expression by abstracting the form through messy brush strokes and sometimes even layering multiple images/sketches over the top.
San Francisco based artist Isabel Samarasʼ work is a form of visual storytelling that is witty, mysterious, and tender. Her painted narratives are classical in technique and pop in content, revolving around issues of secret love, unrequited lust and making things end the way we wish they would.
Best known for lush and meticulously painted riffs on Old Masters that send up pop culture icons of the ’70s, her ribald images are woven with references to classic horror movies, ancient mythology, cheesy television, and childhood fables.
Brooklyn-based artist Giovanni Forlino obtained a BFA in drawing from Pratt Institute. As Max Gimblett’s studio manager for the past ten years, Giovanni has immersed himself in traditional and modern Zen painting. In his own practice Giovanni has moved from ink drawings to fully realized paintings depicting lush colorful scenes of birds, plants and other natural forms. Forlino’s work has made its way into numerous private and public collections worldwide, including the Getty Museum and the Guggenheim.
Fulvio di Piazza studied at the Urbino Art Academy and makes large oil paintings of fantastical scenes with lush forests, spiraling volcanic smoke, islands in the sky, and vividly colored sun light. His paintings are a prime example of horror vacui, a term for filling an entire surface of an artwork with detail. Amid these, there are frequently large floating heads or animals floating in the center of his canvases, which upon closer inspection are actually composed of delicately and minutely detailed landscapes. Di Piazza has favored a dark palette for his paintings, and the abundance of swirling clouds has led people to interpret his works as pessimistic.
Melbourne artist LUSH organised a pop-up exhibition in street art lined Hosier Lane last friday with a witty, tongue-in-cheek poke at traditional galleries and buffing.
The secret location was released via social media just as it began with the message that it was only open until the illegal exhibition gets shut down. Painting the walls and floor red on a section of the laneway, velvet ropes, and a serious looking security guard who doubled as the gallery attendant, gave hundreds of people the illusion of visiting a traditional art gallery.
As you walked down the lane, the next section of the gallery wall was buffed completely in light grey, artworks and all. The third stage of the show had a wall filled with a number of small canvases painted by the artist – that was until two men came along and buffed all these out as well. Then out of nowhere two ladies sporting LUSH SUX on their behinds appeared and gave out LUSH-tagged condoms before being buffed themselves.
Rumor has it that all the framed works were purchased by an overseas buyer just prior to the exhibition.
The Australian artist LUSH, is also part of the line-up for Dismaland.
He has “two things outside and three inside” according to this interview by Acclaim Mag.
Unfortunately the UK borders agency refused him permission to attend this event in person, despite numerous attempts, so he remains at home in Australia, but mailed over some canvases and a seaside photo-board.
If you want to see more works by him check out his previous show with live performance and installation at our FIFTY24SF Gallery.
Artist Lush creates miniature scenes small enough to fit in exploded cans. After looking at these we can’t stop imagining the endless combination of stories and scenarios tucked away in each empty spray can rolling around on the streets…
Our good friend from the land down under, LUSH, who showed with us and did stip show @ FIFTY24SF in 2011, is set to release a colorful guts print with Pictures On Walls in London. And as you can see in the video, the print is actually a fold-out. From POW, “Yes it’s a fold-out 8 colour exploded unicorn print that’s acceptable to both casual animal torturers and members of PETA. There’s a hundred of them, they’re nice and they’re £125 each. Available July 3rd.”