San Francisco-based artist John Vochatzer channels Hieronymus Bosch in his dynamic and complex collages that utilize both religious iconography and natural imagery to shock and inspire. Vochatzer initially delved into surrealism as a teenaged oil painter “fruitlessly trying to emulate Salvador Dali”- since then, he has only further pursued “bizarre and fantastical” aesthetics, which converge powerfully in his works.
American artist Renée French draws endearing portraits of bizarre creatures that look like dark versions of fairytale characters. First featured in an insert for Hi-Fructose Vol. 35, French considers herself a “graphite addict”, who keeps a child-like innocence about her adult graphic novelist and comics rooted works. Her fantastical imagery is in part inspired by Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch, especially the macabre and nightmarish depictions within his fanciful world. She will debut her latest series at La Luz de Jesus gallery in Los Angeles on October 2nd.
Hi-Fructose Vol 27 featured artist Dan Quintana will debut new works this Saturday at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco with “Diffused”. In addition to a new series of oil paintings, the exhibit will also feature several charcoal drawings and a largescale mural. Quintana’s work is known for his detailed images of ephemeral subjects of goddesses and demons that seem to dissolve into their surroundings. Often, his works are layered with ominous narratives and recurring personal symbolism. In the tradition of his aesthetic, “Diffused” portrays dissipating ghost-like figures in images that personify death.