Russian artist Eugene Brimmerberg creates bold and startling compositions that hover on the brink of figuration and abstraction. He paints rounded, warm gradients abutting hard geometric blocks of color and the occasional representational detail, crafting a unique, hybrid aesthetic whose contrasts are never jarring, and alternately evoke Fernand Léger, Jean Arp and Cubism. The incredibly smooth and seductive transitions between tones, which he crafts through deft manipulations of oil pigments, conjure silken textures. Brimmerberg foregrounds his striking capacity to capture light through his works’ slipping and pitching hues.
“All objects should shine their own light,” he explains. “That's what should be reflected, the illuminant itself.” Appropriately, his extremely dynamic canvases — full of shifting colors, curving forms and impenetrable structures — seem to be aglow with inner light. Some evoke deconstructed landscapes or indoor scenes, and certain pieces even feature groups of human forms, while others approach a more purified abstract style where distinctions between figure and background dissolve into an astounding play of mysterious shapes and bright yet ethereal tones.
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