Pictorial, Hybrid, Expressionist Digital Portraits Inspired By Marvel Comics And Tribal Paintings By Valerie Belin

Valerie Belin’s new solo exhibition, titled ‘Painted Ladies’, is currently hosted at Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York (March 2 – March 31, 2018). Valerie Belin is a French artist who has exhibited around the world and her creations are held in numerous public and private collections. Her work is articulated in photographic series, each one produced within the framework of a specific project. We feature here two series ‘All Star’ and ‘Painted Ladies’.

Pictorial, hybrid, expressionist digital portraits inspired by Marvel comics and tribal paintings by Valerie Belin
After Thor
Pictorial, hybrid, expressionist digital portraits inspired by Marvel comics and tribal paintings by Valerie Belin
Lady Blur
Pictorial, hybrid, expressionist digital portraits inspired by Marvel comics and tribal paintings by Valerie Belin
All Star
Pictorial, hybrid, expressionist digital portraits inspired by Marvel comics and tribal paintings by Valerie Belin
Lady Brush

All Star :

In this series, the artist explores the world of comics, which she uses as a graphic, expressive material for setting up an ‘encounter’ with figures that she has herself created in ‘depressive’ style. The figures, who seem to live in a closed world, find light only through the fictive glow of comics: the spark of a gaze, reflections, the glint of a dagger, white smoke from explosives. The spiraling composition of the comics elements objectively translates the circular, obsessive character of the mental world in which these characters live. With these figures, the world of comics and its joyous dynamic transmute into a mental substance. Thus, the profusion of comic-book narrative elements (free-falling Superman, punches being landed, bubbles, block capitals, etc.) is condensed into a disorder or even a chaos that saturates the characters’ mental space.

Pictorial, hybrid, expressionist digital portraits inspired by Marvel comics and tribal paintings by Valerie Belin

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