For this body of work, created in Venice earlier this year, the artist focuses on the human form. The paintings – some no bigger than a hand’s width – condense Hernández’s signature approach to material and process, alighting on the classical subject of the female nude while introducing a host of additional referents. Among these is the city of Venice, which has been a context and a source of inspiration, its presence felt in the tones and surfaces of the works on view.
The influence of Venice on these works is one that seeped gradually into the artist’s consciousness and took him by surprise. It can be seen in his use of colour, reminiscent of the flesh tones of Venice’s architecture, as well as in the surfaces of its timeworn waterside buildings, which correspond with the textures of the bodies brought into being on canvas.
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