Brooklyn-based artist, Brandon Lipchik will be opening his French debut with Galerie Julien Cadet in Paris, on October 15th. Nu Digital will mark the continuation of his figurative work presented in The Garden show in NYC in February, dominated by the voyeuristic imagery of semi-abstract male nudity.
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The application of digital aesthetics in the world of classic painting is a trend we’ve seen being utilized in numerous ways and in numerous types of works. Yet, seeing a canvas painting lively resembling a screenshot of a basic drawing program is something that keeps putting a smile on our faces as we investigate how this effect is achieved.
In Lipchik’s case, he is using a variety of techniques to achieve this effective appearance—from careful selection of bright hues, technically superb gradients done with airbrush, crisp clean lines done using masking, or clever use of thick lumps of paint and subtle shading to create the 3D illusion. The result are vibrant and energetic compositions in which assemblage of seemingly unrelated forms and objects create a recognizable image that represents a nude male subject. By creating works that are technically intriguing, the artist “tricks” the observer into immersing themselves in the intimacy of his subjects, approaching the societal theme with lightness and in such a playful and non-restricting manner. —Sasha Bogojev