Painter Kisung Koh‘s realistic, yet spiritual creatures return in a new show at Thinkspace Projects. These enlarged subjects set walk “become emissaries of a spiritual dimension,” the gallery says, and force us to examine our own place in nature. “Way of Life II” runs Feb. 2 through Feb. 23 at the gallery. (Koh was last featured on HiFructose.com here.)
Oil painter Matthew Cornell captures quiet, nighttime moments on an intimate scale. Without figures, he’s able to create townscapes and scenes that feel wholly lived in, yet carry a particularly ghostly quality. Recent work show how streetlights and other sources offer a mysterious glow to the proceedings.
In Adam Giroux’s cerebral oil portraits, the painter uses ornamentation and extraction around his subjects. “Motivation” is a major theme in his work, exploring how one navigates the strange world we inhabit. He uses both realism and touches of abstraction in this work.
Filipino artist Leslie de Chavez explores imperialism and religion of his native country in his distinct oil paintings. These textured scenes carry both a bleakness and arresting luminosity, with a tone that tethers the allegorical to the gritty. A recent show at Arario Gallery Shanghai offers both installations and canvas work from the artist.
In Michael Villagante’s recent oil paintings, the artist’s distinct texture and ability to evoke past masters and mythology shine. A recent body of work, under the title of “Higher Ground” in a recent show at Art Verité in his native Philippines, takes his work in a direction that offers more peace than turmoil, even as the human body is overtaken by the surrounding elements.
Oil painter Wolfe von Lenkiewicz collapses art history and reconfigures some of its most beloved works, reassembling each piece with unexpected elements. In doing so, the artist examines the ideas of greatness and our categorical notions within the history of painting.