The subject matter of biblical stories has not been the main focus in art for centuries. Gone are the Raphael’s, the Botticelli’s, the da Vinci’s and Michelangelo’s. Barnaby Furnas, a New York based artist, brings these style of paintings into the 21st Century and fragments them in such a way that they take a new shape, form and function. Portraying this idea, the exhibition “The First and Last Lady” is currently on display at the Victoria Miro Gallery in London.
Furnas believes that “a painting is interesting to me to the degree that I can integrate myself in it’s making”. Furnas implements this idea, by re-creating old religious stories such as the creation of Adam and Eve, The Fall of Mankind and so on through his unique style. He paints these stories with vibrant reds, ocean blues, and sunny yellows. In addition through his loose brush strokes and allowing the paint to drip, it is as if the scenes have become abstracted and blurred – to a certain degree. It definitely is a modern take on an artistic and even religious tradition. Wouldn’t you say so?
Peace Out, K.
P.S. the exhibition is on until the 25th of May so GOOOOO!