Hernan Bas

The Hero Centaur

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Hernan Bas
The Hero Centaur
2005

91 x 122cm
In The Hero Centaur, Hernan Bas composes his painting with acute sensitivity. His rich palette flames with dreamy brushstrokes, forms swell and recede with controlled eroticism. Mythology bridges the gap between children’s fantasy and adult sophistication, adventure stories enmeshed in wanton intrigue and violent plots. Bas situates his characters amidst the turbulence of adolescence. Their sexuality has an aura of naiveté, an awkward expedition into the enchanted and unknown. Bas’ paintings are never explicit. Rather his romanticised scenes exist as metaphors for emotional flux. Wavering between virginal trepidation and gushy infatuation, they capture precise moments of seasonal youth.

   
 


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