A gifted painter with a decent university background is just as likely to starve himself to death, trying to sell his paintings, as an amateur self-taught artist. I mean, who needs another landscape when you’ve got google street view in your phone? Who needs another still life, when there are full-size dead sharks in glass boxes floating around?
Way out? Irony and surprise.
Oleg Shuplyak, a Ukrainian artist, gives you something to raise your brow and to smile at.
He’s adding things together to arrive at something bigger than the sum of the parts.
…to give you Gauguin:
Yes, Gauguin was famous for having virgins on his mind whenever it was not tormented by arguments with Van Gogh. The consequences are well-known.
Some of the ironic images he makes are very clever, and most are instantly recognisable (well, some are…not so clever, that’s also true).
Who, nonetheless, can avoid the temptation of making a few sellable pics for those who find it difficult to relate to geniuses of the past?
Nudes have always been in demand:
…as well as gaudy cityscapes which I won’t be showing.
He is a clever and gifted artist, but the irony of this whole affair is that he might get his talent killed by the market that wants nudes.
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