Hernan Bas - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | Phillips

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  • "I selected this image primarily due to its significance to the characters often overlooked in the theater: the outcasts and vagabond waifs of numerous productions throughout the stage’s history. Often the filler for the production (the background singers, and street extras), I wanted to elevate the role of these characters to the forefront, never the star but essential to the story. I have always related my paintings as being a stage in and of themselves, the curtains having just parted to reveal a scene where something is about to unfold... the colors and landscapes in this scene in particular remind me of the swamps and streams that once existed under the concrete of the Arsht Center."
    —Hernan Bas

    • 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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Downhill at Dusk (the Runaway)

Hand-stenciled pigmented linen pulp, on cotton-base sheet, with thin margins.
I. 23 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. (60.3 x 45.1 cm)
S. 24 1/8 x 18 1/4 in. (61.3 x 46.4 cm)

Signed with initials, dated and numbered 'RP 1/4' in pencil (a proof, aside from the edition of 30), co-published by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami, and the Benefit Print Project, New York, framed.

Full Cataloguing

$4,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $6,300

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 19-21 October 2021