Hernan Bas

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About the Artist

Captured at various thresholds – between youth and adulthood, innocence and experience, public and private realms – and situated within a shifting terrain of interior and exterior spaces, the figures in Hernan Bas’ paintings are charged with potential. Bringing to mind poles of intellect and physicality, the androgynous young men in these paintings engage in rituals of courtship, love and death that seem to be based on a theatrical exaggeration of emotion. The construction of identity and dispersal of meaning are rendered thematically and pictorially fraught. Bas embellishes and destabilises as he describes, his brushwork often threatening to engulf, his colours edging towards over-ripe or chemical hues suggestive of transformation or intoxication. 

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An illustrated interview with Hernan Bas

If Oscar Wilde were a 21st century visual artist we have a feeling that his work would look somewhat like Hernan Bas’ paintings. It’s no surprise, then, that Bas cites Wilde and Joris-Karl Huysmans as inspirations for his oeuvre, which consists of intricate and colorful romantic paintings that constantly explore nostalgia, the opulent social lives of the bourgeoisie, and, perhaps most evidently, queerness…

March 29, 2016

Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

26 April - 31 May 2014

Hernan Bas

Memphis Living (Paintings)
An exhibition featuring a series of new paintings and works on paper, and coinciding with the publication by Rizzoli, New York of HERNAN BAS: a lavish monograph that is the most comprehensive publication devoted to the artist's career to date....
Victoria Miro Gallery II
26 April - 31 May 2014

Hernan Bas

Memphis Living (Works on Paper)
An exhibition of new paintings and works on paper, coinciding with the publication by Rizzoli, New York of HERNAN BAS: a lavish monograph that is the most comprehensive publication devoted to the artist's career to date. With over 200 colour...
Victoria Miro Mayfair
7 October - 13 November 2010

Hernan Bas

The Hallucinations of Poets
Victora Miro is delighted to present The Hallucinations of Poets, the third solo exhibition with the gallery by Hernan Bas. The American painter Hernan Bas's practice has always been intrinsically linked to an exploration of literature and the written word....
Victoria Miro Gallery I
22 June - 30 July 2010

In the Company of Alice

Group Exhibition
'If you do not solve your painting problem in painting human beings, you do not solve it at all'. Gertrude Stein Hernan Bas, John Currin, Verne Dawson, Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas, David Harrison, NS Harsha, Boscoe Holder, Chantal Joffe, Karen...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
2 June - 28 July 2007

Hernan Bas

Saints & Secret Sects
This new body of work, Saints & Secret Sects furthers the artist's interest in figuring historical and mythological narratives within the imagery and iconography of popular culture, literature, queer culture and here, religious mysticism. In these new paintings, Bas's characteristically...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
23 March - 23 April 2005

Hernan Bas

In the Low Light
'Sometimes it is so light. That hurts my eyes. And it's too many lamps - little sparkles all over, up high, and large ones that are dreadful. They could fall on me, you know.' Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
30 March - 24 April 2004

Painting 2004

Group Exhibition
Hernan Bas, Avner Ben-Gal, Varda Caivano, Charline von Heyl, John Kørner, Dana Schutz, Suling Wang Painting 2004 showcases the work of a younger generation of international artists originating from America, Argentina, Cuba, Denmark, Germany, Israel and Taiwan. Their work draws...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
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