David Brody

Gallery Naga

David Brody’s fantastic narrative paintings explore the dualities of sexuality and power through images that provide a stunning visual punch. The boldness of style, Freudian themes, and brash technique in these hotly colored works reveal a self-awareness and confidence that is extremely refreshing. Brody begins by painting figures on wood panels, employing a stylistic spectrum spanning primitive through cartoon style. He then adds panels or dissects the wood ground, as the narratives intuitively unfold. Brody embraces fetishism by hammering nails directly through the panels, leaving their sharp edges exposed. The multilayered wood building blocks, which have been variously ground and shaped, offer a rustic dimension to Brody’s highly personal, erotic images. Echoes of the Hairy Who, Jonathan Borofsky, and Rodney Alan Greenblat are here combined with shades of Breugel and Henri Rousseau.

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