Hernan Bas - Contemporary Art Part I New York Wednesday, November 11, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sandroni Rey, Los Angeles; Private collection, Los Angeles

  • Exhibited

    Aspen Art Museum, Like Color in Pictures, February 16 - April 15, 2007

  • Literature

    H. Zuckerman Jacobson, Like Color in Pictures, Aspen, 2007, p. 23 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Bas paints not from historic posing, macho fever or ‘70s-style queen aesthetics but from a deep need to tell a story that has been waiting to be told, revealed within a story we already know.
    R. Juares, “Artists on Artists: Roberto Juarez on Hernan Bas”, BOMB, New York, 2004, p. 14
    Bas captures the psychic and emotional fragility of adolescent love, angst and loneliness into a romanticized, albeit darkened and often gothic, dreamlike pictorial. The Lonely Martian can be seen as allegorical to the contemporary coming out story. Charged with elements of queer male adolescence taken in part by Bas’ own sexual identity, he drafts an element of “otherness”—a universal theme common among coming of age youth. The lush, feathered otherworldly landscape which frames the somber Martian boy in melancholy blues and gentle pinks adds a voyeuristic element to the work while heightening the sense of his underlying vulnerability.


The Lonely Martian


Mixed media on linen over panel.

40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm).

Initialed and dated “HB 06” lower right; initialed, titled and dated “The Lonely Martian HB 06” on  the reverse.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $98,500

Contemporary Art Part I

12 Nov 2009
New York