Painters of Today
This week, I want to highlight three of my favorite working artists, and what I love about their work.
Nick Swann’s paintings are colorful, but somehow ‘faded’ in their appearance, which adds a kind of silence to his pieces. There’s something longing, sentimental, nostalgic about his subjects; it’s as if they are stuck out of time, lost in some ether, somewhere.
Johan Van Mullem is great at depicting non-faces… surreal busts of blurred humans, marred by paints and oils, or perhaps another set of physical laws, in whatever dimension his subjects reside. They are striking, and at times, grotesquely fascinating. Their forms teeter on the edge of being unrecognizable as human, yet somehow all too recognizable as such.
Finally, we have Ray Turner, whose ability to blend color is remarkable. He paints portraits in his own carefully honed style, but what speaks to me most are the striking and massive landscapes he conceives. Some of his more recent pieces are wide views of sprawling, slightly obscured horizons, whose dark and evil colors bleed feeling.
Creative and Art Lover