Robert Burden‘s latest, massive oil painting “Elephantidae” is the result of 18 months of work. The painting shows Billy, the iconic Asian elephant whose life at the LA Zoo has been the center of controversy, surrounded by more than 50 toys related to his species.
Baldur Helgason’s animation-inspired oil paintings actually function as a “self-portrait,” as the artist has created an avatar of himself that he places in situations that have notes of art history and contemporary living. Through the more exaggerated and duplicated aspects of this character, he’s able to explore cerebral and personal themes.
To mark the recent 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” oil painter Hyeseung Marriage-Song crafted largescale paintings that are influenced by both the classic book and the mythology of the golem. The artist collaborated with writer Tommy Zurhellen, who offered his own retelling of the story, each pulling from those timeless psychological themes in different ways.
Mariajosé Gallardo’s stirring oil paintings carry both centuries-old influences and qualities of contemporary illustration. The Spanish artist often pairs modern characters with creatures both of and beyond this world. And as a statement suggests, her lush backgrounds have deep roots in art history.
Natalie Featherston’s realistic oil paintings deceptively appear as mixed-media collages, as she faithfully renders the textures of each element of her source. She builds each of the collages that serve as a basis for her paintings, and she says the former part of the process is just as a fun as the latter.
Lola Gil’s stirring painted narratives and portraits return in a new show at Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle. “Thirsty” collects several recent works, including continuations of her portraits in which subjects are reflected through vintage glass figurines. Gil was recently featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 48. “Thirsty” kicks off at the gallery on March 8.