Though dipping into the otherworldly, Kelly Denato‘s acrylic paintings represent the prism of human emotions. At once optimistic and sullen, the figures in her work appear to be constantly in a state of transition. The New York City artist’s gallery work is a complement to her illustrative jobs with the likes of Nickelodeon, Timex, and other major clients.
Painted on wood, the textures of Agostino Arrivabene‘s surreal works garner new, striking qualities. The above piece is one of the newer works on similar natural canvases from the artist, who was last featured on HiFructose.com here. Arrivabene’s experimentations also includes work on conglomerate mineral and other woodland findings.
Jos. A Smith’s dreamlike paintings move between elegance and cacophony. His horse-riders, specifically, carry a quality have a surreal, yet granular quality that invites close inspection. Part of the artist’s work his rooted in his practice of “of trance techniques learned from the Nyngmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, research psychologists, anthropologists, and shamans with my own dream records to make that membrane between my waking state and my unconscious more permeable.”
Alexander Churchill’s riveting paintings are brimming with color, each strange scene accented by pouring hues. In “Absurdist Futility” series, in particular, offers an absorbing collection of narratives and uncomfortably close portraits.
In Stuart Holland‘s charcoal drawings, reality is questioned through massive architecture and solitary figures. There’s both a cerebral and magical quality to these scenes, vague in its ties to actual reality. The gray values in his drawings, whether rendering abstract or geometric forms, add to their psychological nature.
Miles Johnston‘s surreal drawings bring elegance and distortion to our natural forms. The artist is contributing to the upcoming “Hi-Fructose Presents: The Art of The Mushroom” group show at the Compound Gallery in October, and in this post, takes us through the process of creating his work in the show. (He was also featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 45)