WOAW is pleased to present “Allegory of Painting,” a group show curated by William Leung, the co-founder of ATM Gallery, New York. The exhibition features paintings by seven artists created in 2020 that initiated the new tendency in the art world. Gathering a class of innovative painters including Anna Weyant, Ana Benaroya, Ryan Travis Christian, Alexis Ralaivao, Roby Dwi Antono, Jess Valice, and Jason Mason, their works grows from the history of genre painting, it recharges the tradition of portraiture by embracing collage and disregarding exacting realism.
These artists set about making images which are lovingly enhanced, heightened by attention to craftsmanship and care for line, colour, and hue. The figure dominates the canvas and each of the representations stage an evacuation of volume and amplifies a specific graphic sensibility used in technical drawings, sign painting, and cartoons. The figures in these works are obfuscated or exaggerated by another element, which could be seen either at the background, the foreground, or midground. This intersection instigates a chain of associations which turns over into a form of storyboarding and storytelling.
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