I love these paintings by the Los Angeles based, up-and-coming artist Alex Gardner. While his painting technique is very traditional and academic, the result almost looks like an animated illusion. In interviews Alex Gardner is often asked whether his Afro-Japanese heritage plays an important part in choosing to depict charcoal black bodies, but he insists that although those ideas are inherent in his work, he doesn’t have a socio-political agenda. His themes are rather universal feelings of identity, desire, ethics and anxiety.
All images are from http://alexgparadise.com/
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