Ken Flewellyn, a California-based artist, creates intimate clashes of culture in his oil paintings. Mostly depicting anonymous women in his works, his figures “challenge our assumptions about identity and cultural homogeneity.” The works are packed with hip-hop references and flourishes of historical Japanese culture.
Jonas Burgert’s oil paintings are packed with surreal figures and fluorescent hues. These strange scene sometimes appear as both piles and explosions of disparate objects and beings, with still faces staring above them. His single-figure studies, meanwhile, are often wrapped and confined, yet eerily content. He was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Australian artist Rodrigo Luff’s luminous oil paintings combine nature with touches of the contemporary. The surreal qualities are often embedded into the living figures and animals he creates, often female humans intermingling with forest critters. And his work often translates into the smaller scale, with Luff being one of the curatorial architects of the ongoing Moleskine Project shows at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco. The artist was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Human artifacts and animals fill the subdued oil paintings of Miguel Escobar. And though many works appear without actual people, the artist is often exploring humanity through these desolate, beast-filled scenes.
Yasmine Weiss describes her works as “pretty realistic but not quite.” These oil paintings and drawings carry a surreal quality, with touches of the intimate and the disconcerting. Weiss says she has always had a fascination with humanity, and as being hard-pressed to explain why is part of the engine that fuels her work.
The latest work from oil painter Jeremy Mann is a collaboration with clothing designer/set designer Christina Molcillo. Mann says his work has the quality of “something dreamlike and lost, or a thing once wonderful and now forgotten,” and with his new show, “Theater of Light,” this thread evolves. The show, staged at Maxwell Alexander Gallery, opens July 15.