Odd Nerdrum was born in Hälsingborg, Sweden in 1944. His paintings show us paired corpses, madmen, men in pain – all frightful and abhorrent. In a way sexual but unpleasant at the same time, his paintings show the human body lying or standing, mummified, coated.
“Nerdrum felt a particular affinity to Caravaggio as well as Rembrandt. Caravaggio, because of the realism and implacable, dramatic temperament reflected in his works, and Rembrandt for his picturesque substance and patience with man. The two extremes would later shape the elasticity in the universe of Nerdrum´s pictures” – Odd Nerdrum Biography
Christopher Fischer is a painter and a concept artist from New York, who has worked for 2D Animated Televisions Shows and Games since 2007.
I just want to show you some excerpts of his very special Oil Paintings that basically caught my attention.
He draws beautiful landscapes and portraits but also approaches to themes like Medicine and the Human Anatomy or Surgery.
I find this very fascinating, because it reminds me of late 16th century realism, like The Anatomy Lesson-Series or Leonardo da Vinci studies in general. The fascination for the human body and its anatomy. It is macabre and beautiful at the same time.
Lui Liu, – who was born in Northern China but moved to Canada in the early 1990s – trained at the esteemed Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. His masterful technique has been compared to the italian baroque artist Caravaggio (I think you will also find a bit of De Chirico or Dalí). In a Chinese twist, Lui Liu uses his oil paintings to play with the absurd, toying with the viewer in an often grotesque hilarity.
His acquisition of techniques started during China’s Cultural Revolution when he was a little boy painting posters on the street. And he continued in the most prestigious Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing.
In my opinion, the borderlines dividing language, science, common sense and the arts are disappearing gradually. I see convergence bringing about an integrated cultural world, and my works are an attempt to present such a vision of the integrating world to our senses. For me, this is the utterable element still unuttered. – Lui Liu
What’s left of ME in my paintings then is the combination of other people’s rules and technique and my psychological perception of reality. I don’t try to be ancient or modern. I could only paint within the continuity of a tradition and with a simple mission: to paint the ever-lasting mythopoetic images of our time as they come out of the past and move into the future – Lui Liu
Visit his official homepage www.luiliu.com
The basis for my work is in scientific imagery.
Science explores the natural world and deconstructs its inner workings.
I reconstruct those images as a celebration and exploration of their various possible non-empirical meanings or associations.
excerpt of “flesh•ly –
a visceral study of the body” by incredibly talented Gillian Toh