One of my favorite contemporary painters is Julio Reyes.
Amaranth by Julio Reyes
Olive Tree and Goat
Detail from The Witching Hour
From Miriam’s website “There are many influences in my work and it would be impossible to list them all. I am fascinated by art and architecture of the classical period, when aesthetics and proportion were thought to communicate eternal and divine truths and art was considered a physical depiction of the divine. In paintings of the gothic and renaissance period, I am mesmerized and completely seduced by the details and textures of these works, by their sheer beauty and skill of execution. I find the ‘structure’ of their compositions fascinating; the marriage of perspective (the rational) with divine themes (the mystical) which brings an almost surreal quality to the paintings. Sometimes I feel that looking at these works is like opening a door into a hyper real universe. I look at paintings as worlds one can visually step into and be transported and sometimes even transformed by. For me the way into these worlds is invariably through the detail: I like to be visually seduced and pictorially convinced by art. I believe the primary function of art is to fill you with wonder.”
Virgin Enthroned 1891
A Perfect Vacuum Jeremy Geddes 2011
The White Cosmonaut Jeremy Geddes 2009
Jeremy Geddes is from Melbourne, Australia. His paintings display a fabulous degree of technical accomplishment juxtaposed with imagination.
Jeremy will be having an exhibition with the Jonathan LeVine Gallery beginning October 20, 2012.
Detail Liminal Rites by Beth West 2012
This blog has been inspired by 2 of my favorite online places to learn about what’s going on in the world of painting, Matthew Innis’ “Underpaintings” and Charley Parker’s “Lines and Colors”. For the past several years, I have been wondering what the best way to organize my painting discoveries could be. For now, the answer is this blog and I am excited to begin. I love contemporary and past realist painting as well as good science fiction/fantasy art. I also love great illustration.