Combining lush landscapes with pop and sci-fi elements, Atsushi Fukui’s paintings carry both a mystery and elegance in their execution. The artist has said that there isn’t actually one narrative driving these scenes, yet he crafts the works in a way to imply so. A recent body of work carries both tones of space epics and mythology.
In Federico Solmi’s “video paintings,” the artist’s electrifying style comes to life, as he scans his paintings into a game engine. During Armory Show’s 2019 edition, these particular works garnered much attention from passers-by who gravitated toward his political works. The artist’s practice also includes acrylic painting, gold and silver leaf, and other materials.
Naomi Okubo’s acrylic paintings on cotton wrestle with identity, offering both introspective scenes and rich experiments in patterns and texture. The artist’s work is influenced by the ideals given to us by mass media and gender norms. Her work pulls from advertisements, self-portraits, and other sources.
Maja Ruznic’s ghostly oil paintings dwell on memory and ritual. These scenes, at various scales, contain figures wrestling and enacting cerebral themes, each’s softly conveyed narratives seemingly belonging to us all. Her most recent series softens the hues she’s used in previous work for more earthly tones.
“Necrosurrealist” David Van Gough offers a new body of work that pulls from literary and Biblical narratives in “Paradiso’s Fall.” Kicking off today at Dark Art Emporium, several new paintings comprise this series. Each painting is dense in both its creatures and references to the cultural touchstones that influence the artist.
In recent work, Andrew Salgado’s paintings blend figurative and abstract elements, while sneaking in allusions to historical artists and contemporary practitioners. As his approach to work has changed, the London artist says the paintings take new directions as he works, saying that having no set plan “offers greater challenges but I think yields better results.”