Work and Progress

August 19, 2016

The Devil and Tomás Benditos: New Works on view @ Ave 50 Studio

Filed under: 2.The Studio Experience — Work and Progress @ 9:45 pm

“Hell is empty all the devils are here.” –William Shakespeare.

My images are inspired by mythologies and personal stories. The people in the paintings are part of me in some way. I paint people of color in order to represent diversity in Los Angeles and contemporary painting.  This particular body of work is influenced by fear of racial/social, political dystopia. It’s hard not to be affected by today’s political climate when the omnipresence of social media allows you to experience things in real time. Inhumanity that exists in our world has never been more visible or downloadable. The landscape is dark, skies are churning, and the Devil is blown in. Though the images are mythologized they don’t seem so far from what can actually be.

New Exhibition Opens September 10, 2016:  Avenue 50 Studio Gallery

Devil and Tomas small

“Hell is empty all the devils are here.” Oil and xix media on panel, 2016

 

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