Improbable creatures with eager attitudes and fragments of human anatomy occupy the vivid watercolor illustrations of Lou Benesch. From her studio in Paris, the French-American artist visualizes the characters that populate folklore, Greek myths, and basic fairytales by distinctive renderings of animal hybrids. Muscular noticed horses, shaggy wolf costumes, and a seemingly omnipresent third eye populate the surreal compositions, which are sometimes framed by small archways and minimal backdrops.
As a result of Benesch gravitates towards narrative, a lot of her observe is an act of translation. When beginning an illustration, she forgoes sketches and as a substitute writes concepts down earlier than choosing up a pencil or brush. She would possibly replicate on reminiscences from her childhood, goals, or bigger, extra philosophical questions on what it means to be a lady or the position spirituality performs in her life and that of others, and these narratives form her scenes. “Whether or not they’re mine, yours, or a whole inhabitants’s, mythologies and tales of every kind are so essential as a way of communication, connection, and appeasement,” she stated in an interview.
For those who’re in Los Angeles, you’ll be able to see Benesch’s work as a part of a gaggle exhibition at Hashimoto Modern this February, and he or she has a number of items on view at Antler Gallery in Portland, as nicely. Discover originals and prints in her store, and comply with her observe on Instagram.
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