Acclaimed Spanish artist, Salustiano creates closely-observed figurative paintings and drawings. These carefully-recorded studies of young models propose a particular ideal of male and female attractiveness. The subjects' groomed and sleekly-edited poses speak of autonomy and self regard. They contrive a deliberately-seductive image, which is both attractive and unsettling.
The pictures locate themselves in a world of sensitive and delicate draughtsmanship. Elegant drawings fluently track outline and surface. Tonalities of flesh are subtly laid down, in paint and coloured pencil, to describe the contours of the human form. Colour is deployed in dramatic saturations to graphically frame and accentuate the body. The figures float in the picture plane, unattached to a physical context or space. The focus is entirely on the protagonist, acting out their solipsistic role, basking in a realm of detachment and absorption. The artist's scrupulous attention mirrors that of the models' to their own vigilantly-curated, self-images.