Hi everybody! After much discussion, debate, hand-wringing and hair pulling amongst my committee of one (that would be me and my multiple personalities), I’ve decided to move my Weekly Art Galleries from it’s traditional Thursday spot to Monday, a bold and daring approach that will allow me to devote the time to these posts that they deserve. As it is, I’ve been scrambling to be consistent and get them posted on time, especially as life and work intrude.
So let’s kick things off with the interesting surrealism of California-based Wilson Hsu, where sci-fi futurism meets strangely organic shapes meets bright, intoxicating colors with a yeti or two thrown in for good measure.
Much like the work of Jason Jägel, who I featured back in January, Hsu’s art is dense and multi-layered; he packs a lot into a single illustration. As such, and again like the work of Jagel, the viewer is rewarded by repeat and deeper viewing. Incorporating the things that he loves and hates in this world, his work shows a strong grasp of scale, balance, rhythm, repetition, unity, proportion, shape, color and texture, and he employs lines in interesting and unexpected ways.
Featured in this group, however, are pieces from his latest collection, entitled “Superheroes,” whose simplicity mark a bold departure from most of the other work found here. It’s the color, bold lines and shapes, and sci-fi sensibility that give him away. Interestingly enough, Hsu creates his work digitally, working primarily with Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash, which he then prints out and paints over, giving his work a tactile yet somewhat unsettling effect.
Speaking of unsettling, welcome to the working week, and what better way to kick that off than with the art of Wilson Hsu?