by Red CellI recently ran across the portrait paintings of the much talked about, young New York artist, Winston Chmielinski because of an album cover he did for the band, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. His works are filled with swathes of rainbow colors, yet remain washed out and obscured, as if they had just been put through the washer with some brightly colored markers. Chmielinski’s intricate observations give thought and life to the subjects he focuses on. Instead of being ambiguously denied by their oblique appearances, the people in these paintings seem elevated by the swirls of vibrant chromatic gesture, giving their inner-life a theater to act out their various dramas in Chmielinski’s foot-lights. This year, Chmielinski was commissioned to do the album cover for The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s “Say No To Love” album (see right). He has also shown at many galleries including the illustrious Sotheby’s and much-cult-loved Chelsea Hotel! You can see more of his work at his website here. Winston is also an avid blogger. You can read his work here.
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