Contemporary landscape painter Carlos Arriaga captures beguiling reinterpretations of city panoramas. The artist portrays the urban characteristics of these vistas devoid of an implication of time and executed in a monochromatic, grisaille palette, focusing on creating compositions pulsating with colours and textures that suffuse a dreaminess. Rendered in layers of transparent glazes, these scenes demonstrate a realistically detailed juxtaposition of the natural and metropolitan, to evoke the diversity of a modern landscape that is dominated with both wild and architectural forces. Echoing medieval Flemish masters, the painter executes his reimagined landscape perspectives by applying 14th Century techniques to contemporary subject matter, suspending a unique spectacle in time to achieve an idyllic work of art.
The Discovered Basilica
Oil paint on black and white photographic grisaille on canvas
89 x 140 cm