ARTIST:

Hernan Bas

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Hernan Bas
Tapestry, 2005
Carpet tapestry
222 x 434 cm

Hernan Bas' tapestry intricately weaves his subject of desire into an object of luxurious decadence. Drawing reference from the narrative regalia of medieval wall hangings, his carpet transfers the expressionist elegance of his paintings to stylised stitch work. Woven in bright colours, Bas’ mythological scene presents both a contemporary and timeless apotheosis. The acid hues and pixellated texture replicate the virtuality of television or digital imaging, while his antique process echoes the intimacy of heartfelt endeavour. In creating a functional object rather than a painterly illusion, Bas incorporates a more complex dimension to his opulent fantasies. His tapestry facilitates lifestyle embellishment and role-play fetishism.

Hernan Bas
Hope, 2004
oil on wood panel
79 x 61cm

Hernan Bas
Untitled (3 boys), 2001
mixed media on vellum
28 x 35.5cm

Hernan Bas
Untitled (boy with glasses and two friends), 2001
mixed media on vellum
28 x 35.5cm

Hernan Bas
Burning Up For Your Love, 2005
mixed media on paper
77 x 58cm

Hernan Bas
The Hero Centaur, 2005
oil on canvas
91 x 122cm

Hernan Bas
Posing with Antlers in 100 year old (haunted) Cabin, 2004
mixed media on board
79 x 61cm

Hernan Bas
Red Herring, 2004
oil on canvas
79 x 61cm

Hernan Bas
Untitled (portrait), 2001
mixed media on vellum
30.5 x 23cm

Hernan Bas
Untitled, 2001

31 x 23cm

In Untitled, Hernan Bas draws his boy scout as a
saint, paralleling a moment of pubescent realisation with
historical paintings of religious ecstasy. The use of black
paint on vellum gives this figure a timeless quality, reminiscent
of Old Masters cartoons. Here, Bas flaunts his skill as draughtsman:
his watery pigment bleeds in shadowy expression, yet retains
delicate precision of form. The whiteness of the paper suggests
spiritual illumination thus framing Bas’s muse in angelic
virtue.
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