He Turns Me To Gold In The Sunlight, 2018
Acrylic and oil on canvas
About the Artist
Paul Anagnostopoulos (b.1991, USA) is a contemporary painter whose works explore mythological desire and queer melancholy. Images of the Hero, the idealized form of strength and beauty, highlight the impossibility of attaining otherworldly levels of perfection. He constructs portals to an idyllic paradise. Complex layers eliminate parts of the landscape as if representing an unclear memory. They serve as postcards from a journey that may or may not have been experienced. This intricate picture plane has contradicting layers of depth and flatness to imitate electronic environments. The allusion to early interpretations of cyberspace arouses an alluring sense of nostalgia. Conceptually, the paintings celebrate intimacy and a tender masculinity. Hyper masculine images are manipulated to appear sensitive and emotive. Vulnerability and melancholia reveal a more human side of these all-powerful godly bodies. This conceptual thread of longing and tragedy mirrors the melodrama of ancient legends. Paul lives and works in New York, USA.