Hernan Bas - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Friday, May 11, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sandroni Rey Gallery, Los Angeles

  • Exhibited

    Los Angeles, Sandroni Rey, Hernan Bas: Ask the Sky, November 22, 2008 - January 17, 2009

  • Catalogue Essay

    Driven by a passion for literature and a love of historical painting, artist Hernan Bas charges his compositions with unbridled romanticism. As he has recently parted from more figure-dominated work, the present lot, The Bats and the Barn Bridge, 2008, indulges in a rich landscape, infused with forests and tantalizing rivers, the perfect picture of an exotic dream.
    As he reflects on his recent body of work consisting of lush landscapes, Bas comments that this material "is harping back to the grand feeling of being really puny in the scheme of it all, driving cross-country and never seeing an end to a road...... taking little leaps of faith that while they might be imaginary are incredibly important right now. Abstraction is creeping in… and the imagery that lends itself to the freedom of it are coming to the forward, rushing waters, birds in flight, the gravity of wet paint....broken bridges and gaps in the land that threaten to drop right out of the painting.... Maybe I'm just really happy and trying to figure out how to sincerely walk on air?..."
    The present lot deeply portrays this beautiful sentiment: the feeling of endless and unimaginable possibilities and the freedom to boundlessly explore. Bas’ plush palette and dreamy brushstrokes ebb and flow with color, romance, and unlimited reward, allowing the work to come alive as one’s own private paradise.

  • Artist Biography

    Hernan Bas

    Hernan Bas (b.1978) is a contemporary American painter who lives and works in Miami. His paintings are influenced by the romantic and decadent legacies of 18th and 19th century art, literature, poetry, and religion. These influences result in canvases that are complex and highly detailed and often portray characters, typically young male figures, nestled among flora and fauna.  

    Hernan Bas received a degree from the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida in 1996. Solo exhibitions of Bas’ work have been curated by the Rubell Museum, Miami, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, and Space, K, Seoul.  Bas’ artwork is found in permanent collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada, and Carré d'Art - Musée d'Art Contemporain, Nîmes, France.

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The Bats and the Barn Bridge

acrylic on linen over panel (in two parts)
overall: 84 x 120 in. (213.4 x 304.8 cm)
Initialed and dated "HB 08" lower right of the right panel. Also initialed, titled, and dated "The Bats and the Barn Bridge, HB 08" on the reverse.

$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for $218,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

Contemporary Art Day
11 May 2012
New York