Luke Rudolf - Contemporary Artists

Portrait No. 19

Portrait No. 19 The Saatchi Gallery
 

Luke Rudolf

Portrait No. 19

2010
Acrylic and oil on canvas

150 x 125 cm

Through his work Rudolf explores our drive for cognition: it’s human nature to identify a face, no matter how distorted or extreme the visual cues. His canvases tap into our instinctive hardwiring and describe psychological or subconscious experience. His paintings are equally seductive and violent: the fluid brushstrokes cut through by fragments of geometry suggest flesh and shrapnel. His lurid colours and highly textured surfaces are both tacky and beautiful, and convey a potentially sinister mysticism in their trippy psychedelic style. Rudolf activates our ancient instincts in a way that appeals to our contemporary sensibilities.
 
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