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Stef Driesen: Scar Lines

Harris Lieberman Gallery
89 Vandam Street, 212-206-1290
June 22 - July 28, 2006
Reception: Thursday, June 22, 6 - 8 PM
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Driesen’s paintings synthesize body and landscape, merging human figures with elements of nature. His works reexamine Old Master painting, particularly Northern European and Flemish artists such as Rubens and Van Eyck. Driesen combines these art historical references with a personal narrative, investigating his own sexual identity, along with a more general undercurrent of hidden desire.

Driesen’s compositions expand space, opening up a different dimension into a world full of the theatrical and fantastic. His works elicit a sense of mythic romanticism from environments that are at once beautiful and strange. The sensual brushstrokes and fleshy palette obscure the distinction between figure and environment, projecting human characteristics upon natural scenery.
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