Vonn Sumner‘s paintings present a desolate world. His characters stand alone or in small groups in front of solid-color backgrounds, looking battle-ready for a fight that seems to lead to nothing. Masked with paper bags or ski masks, they wield trashcan lids and brooms as if they were weapons, making us question the purpose of their actions. Sumner filters his compositions through a dusty color palette that recalls the desert sun’s brightness during midday. He has a two-person show coming up at Merry Karnowski Gallery in Los Angeles with Nicola Verlato (who we featured on the blog recently) on August 11. Take a look at some more images of his work.