Seamus Conley‘s recent oil paintings offer a convergence of reality and digital fantasy. In that latter world—and in materialism—there’s a hope for fulfillment that Conley explores. His recent body of work is currently on display at Andrea Schwartz Gallery, in a show that runs through Dec. 21.
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.
John Brosio’s oil paintings introduce towering monsters and pop cultural elements into the everyday, whether it’s a giant crab or a Big Gulp. The artist has a knack for mixing terror and humor, leaning on his talents in realism to add both components to the work. Elsewhere, he takes a childlike approach to rendering these beasts, reaching back to the sketchbooks packed with dinosaurs and fictional creatures as a child.
Oil painter Aldo Sergio uses traditional tools to create “glitches” on classical still-life and portrait works. Sergio’s work follows other artists utilizing mix of contemporary distortion and centuries-old influences, yet his work stands apart in his convincing rendering of both aspects and his specific concepts arising out of this approach.
Tony Pro’s figurative work ranges from classical to reflections on pop culture, with the latter offering a look into the painter’s sharp humor. Series like “Sarcasm” take contemporary figures and recontextualizes them both with elegance and in parody. A bio cites his schooling at California State University, Northridge and studying under Glen Orbik has pivotal in the formation of his practice.
Julie Heffernan’s oil paintings imagine habitats and situations formed in response to environmental collapse. “When the Water Rises: Recent Paintings by Julie Heffernan,” a new exhibition coming to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, offers these recent pieces. It runs Sept. 22 through Dec. 30 at the venue.