Despite their headlessness, Samara Shuter’s figurative work teems with personality and vibrancy. The approach of blending realistic bodies with flat, graphical forms continues a thread recalling the likes of Kehinde Wiley and Jenny Morgan. Meanwhile, Shuter’s work carries its own bombastic quality and subtle, cerebral nature.
Two decades ago, Erik Parker studied under Peter Saul at the University of Austin. At NANZUKA in Tokyo this month, the two offer a vibrant and arresting duo show. Running through July 6, this program marks the first showing of Saul’s work in the country. (Parker was the featured cover artist of Hi-Fructose Vol. 49. Saul was last featured on HiFructose.com here.)
The acrylic and mixed-media paintings of Hernan Bas carry a coming-of-age quality, pulling from varying periods. His influences, among several other mediums, have a particular consideration of “the Aesthetic and Decadent writers of the 19th century, in particular Oscar Wilde, Charles Baudelaire and Joris-Karl Huysman,” a statement says. Film, poetry, and art history itself also have an impact on his contemplative works.
Peter Howson’s raw scenes have long brought us reflections on both the endurance and worst of humanity. Often, his scenes have offered looks into his Glasglow upbringing, as well as paintings teeming with the spiritual contemplations that have been part of his personal life. In a recent show at Roger Billcliffe Gallery, new mixed-media drawings and oil paintings offer his latest, absorbing, muscular scenes.
The oil paintings of Vasilis Avramidis blend architecture with writhing, organic forms that appear both figurative and alien. In the new show “Host” at Hiro Gallery in Tokyo, several new works from the artist are collected. The show runs June 10 through June 29. Avramidis was last featured on HiFructose.com here.
Vincent Castiglia, an artist who exclusively uses human blood to craft his dark-surrealist paintings, is the focus of a new show at Dark Art Emporium Gallery in Long Beach. “Autopsy of the Soul” offers both new works and a retrospective of the artist, who’s also been commissioned by patrons such as Gregg Allman, Gary Holt of Slayer, and Margaret Cho (using their blood, instead of his). The show begins on June 8.