Nemo Soda draws us into a fairy tale world where the inhabitants are twisted, sickly and strange…
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I’m going to let a quote from Kelly Denato’s artist bio speak for her work, since I love the way the writer phrases the elusive emotions in these pieces.
What inspires Denato is the beauty of optimism, and its inherent tragedy, just before disappointment. Her paintings, which are marked by darkness as well as gleeful exuberance, are emotional expressions of this elusive pursuit for meaning and the simultaneity of ill-fated happiness.
Denato’s painting technique is characterized by meticulous and tiny strokes layered on a textured background. Her colors are glistening and candy-like, often lifting her characters out of darkness as if they have been carved by lacerating colors.
Her genius is her ability richly layer paint while still employing economy in the use of her line, maintaining an empathetic sense of gesture. Her characters are often floating and tangled, drawn with a masterfully delicate illustrator’s hand and an eye for the whimsically sardonic.
Peter Ferguson has been a successful commercial artist with many high profile companies on his resume. But his online portfolio shows a darker side of his work (literally and figuratively).
These surreal vignettes remind me of Northern Renaissance art…with a postmodern twist.
One almost has to strain the eyes to fully make out the complex images within Ferguson’s warm, muted tones. And then there are the sea creatures…droves of random sea creatures.
Unfortunately, I’m running out of image space in my blog storage so I can’t post these full size. They’re very much worth looking at in full resolution because Brian Demers is a cross hatching virtuoso.
Regarding his work, Demers states: “I work in ink because there is no going back; once the stroke has been laid, it is permanent…much like decisions in life. My work is very personal, and explores themes of alienation and absurdity. I’m a very solitary person, and utilize art to attempt to understand the strangeness of the world that I see around me.”
Huh…it never occurred to me to think of pencil as particularly non-committal in art, but he does have a point about pens.
See more, and the full size images here.