Ray Caesar, An Eclectix Artist Interview
Ray Caesar creates gorgeously haunting combinations of the rococo, the romantic and contemporary surreal imagery, with bits of more modern fashions and sexual fetish. His artistic influences reference the French rococo, variations on the theme of the fête champêtre (which featured figures in ball dress or masquerade costumes disporting themselves amorously in parkland settings), Antoine Watteau, François Boucher, Dali and the Dutch painters.
Featured Artist: Gérard Willemenot
Gérard Willemenot is an incredible French artist who seems to be a quite a recluse, we weren’t able to find out much about him in English. One look at his art and one can see he is a master of observation and technique, rendering in minute and detailed realism. Painting in old school egg tempera, his imagery hearkens back to the mysticism of the Middle Ages with a bit of modern illustrative cartoon style thrown in.
The Bananarama of Lin Shih-Yung (Shih Yung Lin)
We just love Lin’s bizarre paintings of banana people, placed in everyday scenarios – using chopsticks, pouring tea and sometimes in random playful gymnastic positions. They are wonderfully off-the-wall and truly surreal in every sense of the word. His imagery has a vintage palette, speaking of warm lost days.
Featured Artist: Charles Wilkin
The wonderful composites of Charles Wilkin have a linear eye with the seasoned influences of Dada, Man Ray and elements of current mass media. His simple collages are carefully edited and selected – yet seemingly deconstructed. While being tightly designed, the collages also manage to incorporate loose, almost random aspects of pure childlike abstractions, resulting in strongly blunt final images.
Featured Artist: Valentin Podpomogov
Valentin Podpomogov is an Armenian painter we’ve (gratefully) just discovered – a master of symbolism, surrealism and social commentary.
Italian woodworker and artist, Bruno Walpoth carves incredibly lifelike figurative sculptures which stand quietly, as solitary souls in between stages of life and purpose. Vulnerable, unsure and pensive – they seem like newborn adults, brought to life by the hand of the artisan.