ARTisSpectrum Vol. 31, May 2014 - page 88

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T
alal Chadli
’s work is a hybrid in every way: a mixture of styles,
media, and above all, spheres of influence. Chadli uses acrylic
and spray paint on canvas to create graffiti-inspired paintings.
The pieces have all the hallmarks of classic street art, including
loud, clashing colors, bold line work, and cartoon-like scribbled
images. But if the viewer looks closer, it becomes plain that the
textures are skillfully refined, the palette deliberately chosen for
depth and energy, and the compositions carefully calibrated. And
Chadli makes his lines with a paintbrush, gleefully and seamlessly
turning one medium into another.
It is Chadli’s personal twist on graffiti to use a disembodied face
as his recurring subject. If taken as a series, the playfulness and
experimentation in his work truly comes to light. Each variation
on the face shows a new way that the artist is thinking about
form, depth, color contrast, and expressivity. This is an extremely
thoughtful approach to what is traditionally an of-the-moment,
temporary art form.
Chadli is based in Paris andhas citedhis travels to Lisbon, Barcelona,
Rome, San Francisco and New York as inspiration for his work. He
describes the job of an artist as “to give another vision of society.”
Talal Chadli
Jim Otis
D
aring and thought-provoking,
Jim Otis
oil landscapes are all about finding a new
perspective. His style is one of heightened crispness,
in which the color, texture, and detail are captured so
completely that the end result is more information
than the naked eye is capable of seeing. The green
of a leaf is dazzlingly bold and the strata in a rock
face are described down to the minutest trace. The
work has incredible depth, bringing together the
tangibility of high realism with visual disorientation
to produce tension.
But the works are not straightforward landscapes.
Otis describes his paintings as “enticing the senses
to explore beyond what their eyes tell them.” His
body of work begins at near-photorealism and runs
the Surrealist gamut. In some images it is simply the
angle that is fresh and different: looking straight up
into the sun through a perfect circle of palm trees, or finding a spot where the extreme foreground and extreme background
seem to interact. Other works show floating objects or impossible juxtapositions. What is never lost is the faithful, portrait-like
depiction of the landscape’s character.
Otis was born in Wisconsin and currently keeps a studio in Aptos, California. His extensive career includes watercolor work
and commercial experience in cartography.
Winter Storm On the San Luis Oil on Canvas 18” x 24”
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