Horacio Quiroz’s oil paintings bend and contort the body with both delicate and disconcerting results. The Mexico City-based artist began his career as an artist after spending several years in advertising. Since 2013, the artist says been attempting to “explore the oscillation between love and fear as primary antagonistic vital forces, using the human body as a tool to represent the constant movement of our reality.”
Korean artist Bang Sangho creates illustrations that burst with vibrancy and surrealism. His work combines both ink and digital processes, playing with perspective and astral backdrops.
Zach Brown, a 27-year-old Pittsburgh painter, creates paintings teeming with mythological and spiritual references. He accomplishes this with a blend of both metallic and subdued hues, focusing on the human form and injecting it into surreal situations. Influences seem to range from William Blake to Paul Gauguin.
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.
Italian painter Salvatore Alessi toys with reality and abstraction in his oil works on canvas. These scenes seem to reference and subvert both the physics of the real world and an internal existence. Alessi cites names like Velasquez, Goya, Picasso, Bacon, and Freud as influences.
New Zealander Tim Molloy crafts strange worlds in his illustrations, comics, and commercial work. Recalling artists like Moebius and Jim Woodring, Molloy’s rich, detailed pieces are packed with surreal imagery. The artist’s tight linework makes his dreamlike narratives into vivid jaunts into the unknown.