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  • Provenance

    Victoria Miro Gallery, London

  • Catalogue Essay

    “One of the things that make his paintings compelling is the way in which vision sometimes seems to strain against the limits of proficiency—a dynamic of yearning that imbues the work with sincerity at the level of representation itself. If the rendering sometimes leaves something to be desired, it may be because desire is precisely the thing that Bas is trying to negotiate.” (E. Shambelan, Art Forum: New York, December 2004, p 197)

    In an ongoing exploration of darkly romantic settings and charged androgynous characters, Bas’ paintings have defined a territory suspended not necessarily unpleasantly between the dreams and nightmares of adolescence. Ambiguous, glittering swirls careen around the lot Dionysus Bestowing Midas His Touch, with a single central figure, less grounded than floating, in a loosely drawn pastoral landscape. This is no bucolic idyll, however: acknowledging influences varying from literature to historical painting, Bas mingles contemporary references and classical imagery to a melodramatic, unsettling effect. The diffuse look—as with events in an aquarium--contributes to the vague, unsteady feeling of the interaction pictured, and captures an emotional flux that bubbles beneath the surface of the work.

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Dionysus Bestowing Midas His Touch

2005
Oil and glitter on panel.
48 x 35 3/4 in. (121.9 x 90.8 cm).
Signed “HB05” lower right; titled and dated “Dionysus Bestowing Midas his touch HB05” on the reverse.


Estimate
$200,000 - 201,000 

Sold for $168,000

Contemporary Art Part I

16 Nov 2006, 7pm
New York