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Aug 15, 2018 to Sep 22, 2018
The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts presents the International Figurative Biennale, August 15th through September 22nd, 2018. The exhibition shows how the figure in contemporary painting is depicted, spanning from the Middle East to Asia to Europe to the United States.
For the public at large, the opportunity to experience avant-garde, worldwide trends in art outside international arenas such as the Venice Biennale is a rare occurrence. This year’s International Figurative Biennale is an exception to that rule.
Over 30 contemporary, cutting-edge artists have provided work that grapples with a notoriously difficult subject: the human figure. Throughout art history and across all cultures, this has remained a subject to which artists have been continually drawn. This year’s exhibition features some more classical artists, such as Italian artist, Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco, who has incorporated the figure and still life in a looser, more traditional style of painting. Del Turco, as well as Californian artists Dean Fisher and John Tarahteeff, pay homage to these classical traditions. There are also displays of both neoclassical and surreal works — such as those by Avery Palmer and Argentinian painter, Gabriel Sainz. At times unsettling, these paintings undeniably command attention. Libyan artists, Yousef Fetis and Najlaa El- Ageli, have provided paintings that successfully create a relationship between their past and present culture. El-Ageli’s striking piece deploys a strong chrome yellow which conveys a monumentality that exceeds even the relatively largely scale of her canvas. Paintings from Greece, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Russia, Canada, Mexico, Czechia, Albania, the UK, and more will also be on display for the public. These are just a handful of the marvelous artworks at this year’s International Figurative Biennale- a marriage between cultures and tradition.
These talented painters give a walkthrough of the past, present and cutting edge in over 4 floors and 100 figurative paintings from around the globe, this is a rare opportunity you don't want to miss!
John Natsoulas Gallery
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