|Constellations, 2013, at Life on Mars|
The great meltdown that no one talks about anymore, that is, the death of painting, which was swept under the carpet so we could cobble together a resurrection of painting, is not a matter that is minced in the work of this artist. He spits in your eye!
Bienvenu's work ranges broadly over two categories, “abstract” and “illustrative.” It is amazing how thorough he is in both ranges. He is basically “two hot Bushwick painters” in one. Most people are probably more familiar with his illustrative paintings, such as the one above that will be at Life on Mars. So I have inserted a few of his more abstract works below, so you can see how goddamn gorgeous this stuff really is, and the depth and freedom of this painter's range. He is immensely prolific, he paints with a trowel, he makes you want to start a band.
Be sure to check out the gatorman this Friday in PAINTING IMPOSSIBLE at Life on Mars in Bushwick.
|Spitfire, 2013, oil on canvas|