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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