Italian artist Agostino Arrivabene paints an iconographic universe that exists somewhere at the division between the real world from the spiritual realm. Previously featured here on our blog, his works include landscapes, portraits, and large paintings allegorical and apocalyptic in nature. Subjects of his paintings often appear as if from another time and place, celestial bodies and nudes emerging from the earth that recall the figures of those who influence him, particularly Gustave Moreau and Odd Nerdrum. Arrivabene describes his personal world as one that is eclectic and occult, where his artistic lanuage changes depending on his life experience. His upcoming solo exhibition at Cara Gallery in New York, “Hierogamy”, delves into mythological themes and ideas about personal intimacy, change, and time.
Italian artist Agostino Arrivabene uses antique painting techniques to create a foundation from which metamorphic figures emerge in moments of creation. The time-consuming labor of grinding pigments and layering paints is evident in the complex, heavily textural works. New worlds hide beneath and within cracks and crinkles as human-like figures manifest above ground and often out of water.
Italian artist Agostino Arrivabene paints otherworldly scenes that move between the romantic and the terrifying. His paintings, often oil on wood, both reference and emulate age-old concepts of transformation, death, and bonds between subjects and concepts of alchemy. At times, the works rely on familiar symbology; in other works, the image appears as something wholly novel. The artist was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Italian artist Agostino Arrivabene’s heavily textured paintings look as if they were unearthed from an ancient crypt. Oil paint mixes with gold leaf and enamel on wood panel, blistering and building up in a crust-like fashion that complements Arrivabene’s visceral subject matter. Like his American contemporaries Mike Davis and Dan Quintana, Arrivabene reaches into the annals of medieval and Renaissance painting for inspiration. But he is onto something more diabolical, extracting a dark side from portraits of nobles and saints. We recently saw Arrivabene’s new work in the group shows “bienArt Collective 2013” at Copro Gallery in LA and “The 13th Hour” at Last Rites Gallery in New York. Take a look at more of his recent work after the jump.
In its 19th year, the LA Art Show (LAAS) will open later this week on January 15 and will be exhibited through Sunday, January 19. The largest art fair on the West Coast, LAAS includes dozens of international galleries that specialize in different styles of contemporary art. “Littletopia” is the fair’s New Contemporary oasis. Organized by Red Truck Gallery, a New Orleans-based gallery that curates events all over the country, “Littletopia” includes galleries that will be familiar to our readers: Roq La Rue (Seattle), Thinkspace (Culver City), Varnish Fine Art (San Francisco), Spoke Art (San Francisco), La Luz de Jesus (LA), Last Rites Gallery (New York) and Breeze Block Gallery (Portland), as well as others. Read more after the jump.
Curated by Jon Beinart of beinArt Collective and Publishing, “beinArt Collective 2013” is a group show that revels in the macabre. The participating artists, including Chet Zar, Christian Rex van Minnen, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Kikyz 1313, Kris Lewis, Erik Thor Sandberg and Caitlin Hackett, all have a dark edge to their work that is manifested in different ways. Christian Rex van Minnen’s work is visceral and grotesque, playing on his viewers’ gag reflexes, while Chet Zar’s subject matter is outright diabolical and Erik Thor Sandberg’s mythological narratives have a brutal quality. “BeinArt Collective” opens at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica on November 9. Take a look at a sneak peek of the show after the jump.