New York, NY: December 1, 2011: Tria Gallery is pleased to announce “Atomic Vision”, an exhibit of pop art paintings by emerging artists Justin West, Ryan Cronin and Johnny Taylor.
Atomic Vision presents hard-edged, cartoon style paintings by three young male artists. Each of the artists breathes new life into iconic American cultural images and characters. The raw, almost child-like appearance of the works brings a humorous twist to bear on certain contemporary issues. With a keen sense of composition, instinctive brushstrokes and vibrant palettes, the striking images of all three artists both provoke and entertain.
Atomic Vision showcases six acrylics on canvas by Justin West which range from mid-sized to large. Ryan Cronin is exhibiting three large works, all rustoleum on board, and Johnny Taylor is exhibiting four smaller, mixed media works. The collective works of the three rely upon broadening the ideas behind the animated characters and iconic images depicted; a psychological evaluation is often embedded within the work. But despite the inherent irony of some of the pieces, the mood remains light, the tone humorous, the feeling warmly nostalgic. The hope of the artists is that viewers will experience a new perception of - or sudden insight into - a familiar subject, and will enjoy themselves in the process.
West is a contemporary painter from
West states that in his work is about “mixing opposites” and making “worlds collide”. Drawing from a wide spectrum of inspirations, West’s paintings deal with subjects as diverse as popular cartoon characters, religion, technology and Greek mythology. From a more global perspective, he says he paints about “tales of defeat and triumph” as well as “oppression and celebration”.
Ryan Cronin studied at the
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It is the mission of Tria Gallery to exhibit a balance of established artists with impressive resumes and exciting young talent, showing representational and abstract work, painting, sculpture, mixed media and installations. The common denominator is that the Tria artist has a unique, authentic voice and a compelling body of work which the directors feel should be given an audience.
Tria is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from to , or by appointment. Atomic Vision opens