Denis Sarazhin, a Ukraine-born artist, crafts textured oil paintings that convey both mystery and motion. His “Pantomime” series, in particular, focuses on gestures and a dramatic sense of motion through multiple limbs and hands. His work has been compared to masters like Egon Schiele, though through the kinetic nature and specific use of color in his work, Sarazhin has forged an approach all his own.
San Francisco-based painter Sandra Yagi explores our relationship with nature, the human condition, the fragility our bodies, and broader scientific concepts in her fantastical oil paintings. Some more lighthearted scenes show deformed creatures dancing and frolicking, garnering their own grace; skulls peeled back to reveal wildlife hint at our animalistic nature. At play are explorations of genetics and evolution.
In a new show at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles, Natalia Fabia explores life cycles, from our stardust origins to death, and the natural portals that lead us to the divine. “Rainbeau Samsara,” which runs through Dec. 10 at the space, blends the conventions of oil painting and pops of sparkles and glitter to reflect the transcendental nature of the work’s content.
Boston-born, London-based painter Phil Hale crafts distressed, dynamic works in which figures are conveyed in action and anguish. His nighttime backdrops are particularly absorbing, with shadows both enveloping and dramatizing the scenes. Hale’s work is decidedly confrontational and relational, in contrast with figurative painting that focuses on quiet, somber moments. In fact, several of Hale’s paintings seem to be convergences of multiple scenes. Hale was last mentioned on HiFructose.com here.
New York City-based artist Daniel Bilodeau creates work that blends traditional still-life and figure studies with postmodern, existential displacement. These are works that feel as though once complete, were re-arranged by the hands of another creator. There are traces of traditional Dutch still-life in Bilodeau’s works, but there’s also a contemporary, graphical quality to the work, which in its dissonance, offers physical and psychological complexity.
Painter Pamela Wilson pushes her absorbing, eerie imagery with a mixture of oils and gold leaf, crafting shimmering images of isolated subjects. Wilson’s paintings stir in the often off-kilter expressions of her subjects and overall otherworldliness of the setting. Wilson is part of a new show at Australia’s beinArt Gallery. “Jamais Vu” pairs the artist’s work with Kit King and Oda, a husband and wife duo that collaborates on oil paintings.