Acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 140 x 180 cm, 2023
A cursory glance at Jonathan Edelhuber’s paper and canvas paintings makes immediately apparent their flatness, a graphic condition that recalls the artist’s early training in graphic design. Working primarily in oil and acrylic, Edelhuber’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures meld elements of the modernist motifs of Picasso and Matisse filtered through a pop sensibility borrowed from comics and cartoons. Often incorporating stylized text, and occasionally using non-traditional supports (quilts, for example), Edelhuber explores the interaction of fine art and design. Edelhuber democratically adorns his canvases and objects with his iconic visual style, all within a spirit that equally values Bauhaus and Daniel Clowes.
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