When California based painter Brian M. Viveros debuted his “Matador” series last year, he unleashed a side of his sultry, smokey-eyed vixens that hadn’t been seen before. His subjects still exuded the sexiness that the “Dirtyland” artist has become known for, but clad in painstakingly detailed and shining clothing inspired by the iconic bullfighter, they held a newfound sense of passion and fire. For his upcoming solo at SCOPE New York, his first east coast showing since 2012, Viveros sought to channel the toughness and splendor from his “Matador” series in a new body of work.
The bullfight has always been a ritual of extreme occult significance, heavily loaded with allegory. The primary meaning of the bullfight concerns the triumph of man over our own primal nature. Los Angeles based artist Brian Viveros, featured here, sees the bull and the sexy fighters of his upcoming exhibition “Matador” at Thinkspace Gallery as one and the same. While he thinks of the fight as a cruel tradition, he finds power and inspiration in its symbolism. We recently visited with Viveros at his Dirtyland studio to go behind the scenes of his matador-inspired exhibition, one of his most researched and dynamic bodies of work to date.
Artist Brian M. Viveros’ ‘Returning Art To The Unclean’ openedthis past weekend at NYC’s Last Rites Gallery to a swollen crowd of fans. Theexhibition featured portraits of wounded and war bound femmes, a convergence ofvisceral images; thin scratches, plump scarlet roses and impossibly thick eyelashes. Aside from the signaturetouches of sultry eyes and limp, dangling cigarettes, the works also tackled thecomplex themes of war, politics and cultural identity. View more opening nightimages after the jump.
As Art Basel looms on the horizon, Brian M. Viveros prepares for his mini solo show with Thinkspace for Scope Miami. Titled “War of the Roses,” Viveros’ latest body of work juxtaposes sex kitten-ish sensuality with elements of both vice and virtue. Take a look at some sneak peek photos from Viveros’ studio courtesy of Thinkspace. “War of the Roses” will be on display at Scope December 4-9. Look out for more Art Basel previews to come on our blog!
Fan fave Brian M. Viveros will be opening his latest solo show (previewed here) this coming Saturday, September 3rd at Last Rites Gallery in New York City. Entitled ‘Returning Art to the Unclean’, Viveros does exactly that with his captivating portraits of smoking femme fatales. The often tattooed and battle equipped “Smoking Army” has proved to be incredibly popular and ‘Returning Art to the Unclean’ looks to be no different. The opening will feature a live performance, film screening and also a print giveaway and signing, get a look at some of our favorite works from the show after the jump.
In exactly one month, fan favorite Brian M. Viveros will be traveling to New York to display his latest body of work at Last Rites Gallery. There, he’ll be ‘Returning Art to the Unclean’ with his recognizable army of women, a perfect pairing for the dark arts gallery. Much like last year’s ‘Dirtyland’ (seen here and here), Viveros continues on his portrait series of tattooed, helmeted and smoking women. Get an extensive preview of the new work after the jump.