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Man in the Forest

8,000.00
Man in the Forest by Iris Polos at Vessel Gallery

Man in the Forest

8,000.00

Iris Polos (2013)

38 x 38 in.

Paper, paper cutouts, colored gesso, conte crayon, soft pastel

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Iris Polos (2013)

38 x 38 in.

Paper, paper cutouts, colored gesso, conte crayon, soft pastel

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more artworks available in gallery. contact us to schedule an appointment / request images.

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'When speaking of "the world" we often refer to only its human population. Humanistic systems seem to strip other species of their sovereignty and numb our awe of them. My work strives to combat this very narrow view.

With the paintings I've attempted to keep the depicted creature connected to her natural environment, making habitats an integral element of the work. The sculptural relief aspects of the paintings are made from cut and formed card stock paper and rubber cement. They are then attached with heavy gel medium onto layers of textured paper on canvas and covered with colored gesso. They are representative of a relationship of vital interdependence with the drawn animal. The drawing is done with Prismacolor pencils using a glazing technique traditionally used in oil painting. Instead of thinking in terms of background and foreground I want to depict the true intertwining of each component, getting closer to a "realism" of what we see and how we all live in the world."

Iris Polos was born and raised in Oakland by two artists.  Having an artist mother and an artist father (a WPA, Works Progress Administration painter), Iris was raised with social activism in her blood.  She has continued the legacy of her family’s values thru decades of dedicated social activist art making practice.  Her work is unparalleled in courage and sense of justice.  She is a wildlife enthusiast of Greek descent who splits her time between the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. She earned her MFA in painting from California College of the Arts and has exhibited her work in galleries across the country. She is represented by Vessel Gallery (www.vessel-gallery.com, 510-893-8800.) For more information, please email info@vessel-gallery.com