What I was amazed about in Eponine Saint Hillier’s series “Living Painting” was the fact that they were photos and not paintings. They are a series of photo shoots of the model covered with acrylic paint, which look more like paintings and not photos. Each one has a different color theme (One photo has light and dark blue, white and yellow), mixing them all together looked like brush strokes on a canvas. I have mentioned in previous blogs how I like photo realistic paintings. Well it’s nice to see the art world go in the opposite direction these days.
Peter Watson was the one artist in the show whose work I loved the most. Knowing a lot about color theory can make a difference if you like using bright colors (Like me). There is a very cool photography technique that involves waving a light back and forth very fast in the middle of the dark as the camera takes the picture. I saw that done in a Verizon commercial back in 2007.
Then there is Jules Miller--what is interesting about her photos is that they look like negatives. I have never seen anything like that before (Photography in galleries developed as negatives). In her piece “Untitled 3,” I love the white background, which is the opposite of what I, as well as other artists, do in my paintings where I use black. Her work would make good paintings too.
I can go on forever about my favorite artists here. I can’t cover all of them but I’ll just jot down Monique B, Sherwin, Paul Gonzalez, and Nick Kontostavlakis. You might want to check them out.