Playing with themes of reflectivity and bursting moisture, Eric Wert manipulates the genre of still life painting into fantastical proportions of extreme saturation of color as well as composition. The artists takes this classical (and oftentimes viewed as “stuffy”) art form from its era of origin and wrings it out to its contemporary potential with vivid colors, cascaded vessels, and dribbling juices – all contrasted with classical lighting and basically formatted backgrounds so as to draw primary attention to the featured subject. The Portland-based artist finds special energy and inspiration when faced with subjects of seemingly uncapturable detail. Contrary to the exhilaration most commonly described by artists in their moment of inspiration, Wert finds his own moments of clarity in a sinking feeling of overwhelming impossibility. Explore the extreme details in Eric Wert’s artworks below!
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