Smoke on canvas

100 x 100 cm | 39.4 x 39.4 in.

USD 3,500

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Miguel Hernández Bastos employs a unique technique in his artworks, using pencil, charcoal, acrylic paint, and the unconventional medium of smoke from an oil lamp, which burns onto the canvas like pigment. This distinctive approach allows him to delve into themes of metamorphosis and the fleeting essence of the human form, while also incorporating historical symbolism associated with the candle in Renaissance portraiture.

In this fluid movement painting, four solid outlines of figures move around the canvas in a cluster of movement, embodying a more structured and cohesive composition. The distinct marks made by the smoke are clearly visible, adding texture and emphasising the fluidity and grace of the figures’ motion.

Hernández Bastos integrates mechanical elements into this fluid movement painting as the forms exude a futuristic quality. Despite this, he balances historical symbolism with themes of eroticism, tenderness, and isolation, creating a multi-dimensional narrative that resonates with viewers.

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Additional information

Weight 3 kg
Dimensions 150 × 15 × 15 cm

USD 2,000 – 5,000


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