Robots battle in a world that seems simultaneously prehistoric and futuristic in Rob Sato's watercolors. The artist (first featured in HF Vol. 16) defies the limitations of his medium both in content and in format. While watercolor paintings are typically kept small, he works at mural scale, rendering the precise outlines of his giant robots, warriors on horseback and bizarre humanoid characters. The softness of the watercolor is still there, adding a handmade touch to his mechanical subject matter. Sato's latest exhibition "Curses" opens on September 20 at Martha Otero Gallery in LA and features several massive works, folded paintings that become sculptural objects, some simplified sketches and painted baseballs that seem to take their cue from the cave walls of Lascaux. Take a look at our preview below.
Mars-1's (featured in HF Vol. 26) large-scale paintings are filled with color and movement that seems to evolve slowly yet powerfully. It's as if each piece contains something like a Big Bang playing out in slow motion for viewers to observe. His current exhibition "Toward A Distant Dawn" opened at Martha Otero Gallery in LA on June 7, featuring several monumental paintings as well as bronze sculptures and installation elements. In the center piece of the show, a mural-sized work exploding with color, Mars-1 expertly layers pigments, making them appear saturated yet slightly translucent. The geometric forms gently pulse in some pieces and fly, as if in a fiery explosion, in others — a visual translation of metaphysical and spiritual concepts that lie beyond the realm of Earthly existence.