18 Apr 2018

William Osorio: Inside Out

LnS Gallery

Reviewed by Elisa Turner

With oil paint slammed and swirled, clotted and knotted, the pictures of William Osorio put painterly storm and stress on display. His works are violently fragmented and visceral - angry art for angry times.

Expressionist impasto is king, nodding to Lucian Freud, Jenny Saville, and Francis Bacon. The howling Study for a Scream I (all works are 2017) and fierce Study for a Scream II recall Bacon's shrieking popes, though without his obsessively revised nuances. Drips and splatters explode from Id, Ego and Superego, amid five heavily lidded eyes. A head and neck are barely visible in the murky composition left by this rampage of paint.

While still jabbed with vivid gobs and streaks, Reminiscence is a respite. It's based on a family photo. Swirls of white paint, akin to soothing gel, caress cheek and chin. The portrait looks back, or perhaps forward, to greater civility. Likewise, the fascist mob conjured in The Crowd is relieved by a few strangely clear eyes.

Exhibition William Osorio: Inside Out link
Start date 27 Mar 2018
End date 05 May 2018
Presenter LnS Gallery link
Venue 2610 SW 28th Lane, Miami, FL, USA map
Image William Osorio, Reminiscence, 2017, oil on canvas, 96 x 78 inches, courtesy of LnS Gallery
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