Bruno Andrade

Edith Baker Gallery

Bruno Andrade recently abandoned his abstract painted-wood wall reliefs in favor of lush,colorful landscapes and still lifes, and the new work reveals the enthusiasm of a recent convert. Swollen organic tree-forms vibrate with life against broad flat areas of color or spits of land teeming with growth. Surrounded by blue expanses that fuse sky and ocean, larvalike forms clinging to the trees simultaneously suggest clouds and islands. Andrade’s decorative, sinuous lines maintain a certain flatness within the landscapes. His still lifes, however, play more with concepts of traditional perspective. Though portions of these canvases are so thinly painted that the artist’s pencil drawing shows through, the final layer of paint is almost always a thickly applied impasto that gives his flowers the solidity of cake decorations. Andrade liberally brushes on his skies and lets them sit on the surface

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