Andrew Salgado creates powerful figurative abstract paintings that show raw emotion.

Andrew Salgado's powerful abstract paintings
London - NOV 14, 2013

Andrew Salgado is a Canadian artist that lives in London whose figurative abstract style has gained him international recognition. Salgado's paintings show raw emotion, gritty and often times visceral. His characteristic style takes pictorial abstraction to sublime extremes, showing the force of the brush stroke that in turn expresses emotional intensity.

 

Andrew Salgado's powerful abstract paintings

©Andrew Salgado

Salgado has centred his attention on the representation of masculine identity. His large scale paintings show men who expose their emotions freely, exploring the concepts of destruction and reconstruction of human identity.

Andrew Salgado's powerful abstract paintings

©Andrew Salgado

The visual energy that the images transmit is equal to the transgressive beauty shown in the portrait. The dramatic lighting and the complex emotions show the artist's attraction for drama and emotions that are hard to define. As he explains, happy subjects lack true interest for him, affirming that "it is much more interesting to paint faces that have a type of strength in their emotion."

Andrew Salgado's powerful abstract paintings

©Andrew Salgado

Salgado's paintings also explore the purely abstract properties of paint, since he considers this just as important as the story the work represents. The movement of the pigments, the texture and lighting effects are all fundamental elements in his production that truly complete the emotions he invites the viewer to discover.

Andrew Salgado's powerful abstract paintings

©Andrew Salgado

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