530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street
Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
Germán Valles Fernández
The Figure and Unknown Places
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY

  • Pandora   Pandora
    Oil on Canvas
    53" x 53"
    Germán Valles Fernández

  • The Medusa   The Medusa
    Oil on Canvas
    55.5" x 55.5"
    Germán Valles Fernández

  • The Heretic   The Heretic
    Oil on Canvas
    22.5" x 16"
    Germán Valles Fernández


Germán Valles Fernández

GERMÁN VALLES FERNÁNDEZ

The Figure and Unknown Places
July 7 – July 27, 2018
Reception: Thursday, July 12, 2018 6-8 PM

Germán Valles Fernández’s intricate paintings utilize the human body to synthesize a plethora of information. Working in predominantly oil on large-scale canvases with an overall earthy palette, the artist’s style is at once highly textured and versatile; whereas some works border on haunting abstraction, others are rendered with pristine clarity and are often rife with nearly classical symbolism. The artist explains: “Sometimes I do not use brushes and go directly to the canvas, without any preliminary sketches…My favorite trend is expressionism, which I then mix with mythology and politics, always using the human body as a channel of communication.”

In works such as The Medusa (2016), a woman lounges lazily upon a bed of serpents. As the snakes below her writhe and twist in a never-ending cacophony of curved movement, our Medusa gazes lackadaisically towards a focal point beyond the borders of the canvas. In this work, Fernández employs an all-over textural composition as well as an earthy palette of muted brown, cream, and green. The artist currently resides in Mexico.