SOLITUDE - CHRISTIAN RENTAS | NYCH Gallery
Exhibiting October 15th, 6-10pm - December 4th 2022
At the beginning of 2019, I started to experiment in my oil painting practice with using photographic references after many years of painting traditionally from life. I have grown to love applying a loose or "carefree" manner into my brushwork and incorporating some level of abstract shapes and "noise" into my work. During the under drawing phase, I like to draw my figure and its environment first before deciding what colors to use. I am very expressive yet precise in my line work whether it be with a brush or wax pencil, then I will mix colors and apply minimal brush strokes to create the shape or "noise" as I like to call it. I like to limit the "noise" by applying a flat colored space near it to contain and compliment that area offering a sense of space. Ultimately these decisions are made after my under drawing is placed in an area I'm most satisfied with on canvas.
For color, you will notice one dominant color, I determine the permanence of that color based off of feeling when mixing on my palette and throughout the duration of painting. The skin tone will also partially dictate the color value, usually the darker the skin tone the lighter the background will be. In the majority of my figurative work, it has been another creative outlet for me aside from the act of painting itself. One important aspect for me about the figure is it creates limitations, this helps me navigate in my imagination and decision making for when I lay down the first colors and develop the unidentifiable "noise". This "noise" I would say represents multiple things, maybe my younger naïve self? I know whatever makes me relaxed, energetic, stressful or a combination of all of them really amplifies the direction and decision making of this practice. It has been very liberating for me as an artist to create in this style, combining my favorite practices of art where I can bend the rules and play around with ideas. I feel that my intentions for all of my works were to invoke a sense of admiration or inspiration. I'm not sure what my viewers will make of it but I hope these works spark that sensation and reaction whether viewing the work or even having my work on a wall somewhere complimenting their space. The goal for creation and production have always been about integrity behind the work and having fun as an artist.