Concurrently on view in the Thinkspace project room is new work by Glenn Arthur: Forever Fabled. This new body of work by the Orange County based artist is Arthur’s first solo show with the gallery. His seductive stylized portraits of beautiful women are sensual, dark, and playful. His aesthetic encompasses a combination of steampunk influences, neo-victorian stylization, and contemporary punk culture. Ambient and brooding, the work is above all meticulously executed and hallucinatory in its other worldly beauty and detail.
The paintings are executed on wood panel, and technically have a luster and silken quality to be rivaled. Their seamless smoothness and execution contributes to the work’s efficacy and pull. Seemingly immaterial and dream like, they take representation beyond the “known”, and suspend the figurative and recognizable in a realm all its own. The works are inhabited by hummingbirds, little signature additions and thematic foils that populate all of Arthur’s pieces. Like the hummingbird, his work remains slightly out of one’s grasp, like a liquid beauty that refuses to be entirely arrested or concretized.
In this new body of work Arthur will be revisiting the fairytales of our youth with a risque approach to their telling. Taking the sensual scopic fascinations he has perfected in his work to date, Arthur will play with narrative and imagery appropriated from these shared stories. Fairytale is notoriously rife with libidinal content and beautiful tragedies, source material perfectly suited to Arthur’s intoxicating work.