Paco Pomet’s oil paintings illuminate vintage scenes with satirical elements in color


#humor #oil painting #painting #satire #social commentary #surreal

February 10, 2022

Grace Ebert

“A Prequel” (2021), oil on canvas, 100 x 150 centimeters. All images © Paco Pomet

Succeeding his series of paintings entitled Beginningsby Paco Pomet Purposes applies a similar satirical veil to its provocative and wacky storylines: a split camper reveals a grease-marbled red steak, businessmen shake hands through an elongated finger trap, and a woman walks a friend on a leash. The Spanish artist (previously) is known for his sharp sense of wit and humor and his distinct visual commentaries on contemporary issues like capitalism, environmental degradation and moments in American history that have global impacts. He shares in an interview:

I am very interested in current events, but to fully understand the world today, it is necessary to look back and examine historical events. The past is full of clues that can unveil the present, so in some ways we could paraphrase that statement that there is nothing new under the sun. I have always thought that subjects and themes remain the same over the centuries and that human pursuits, aspirations and chimeras are cyclical. Today, we may have different tools and ways to approach these questions, but the important questions remain the same, even if the way they manifest themselves changes over the years.

Often working with anachronistic scenes and symbols, Pomet depicts children from a bygone era training with glowing lightsabers in “A Prequel” and a vintage car blending into a trail of greens and yellows in “Trip.” . Each oil painting is rendered largely in neutral tones with bright, colorful elements providing the artist’s signature dose of irony.

You can explore an archive of Pomet’s surreal works and follow his latest compositions on Instagram.

“Prime” (2021), oil on canvas, 38 x 46 centimeters

“Rearguard” (2021), oil on canvas, 38 x 46 centimeters

“The Restrainers” (2021), oil on canvas, 60 x 73 centimeters

“The last meeting of the executive committee” (2021), oil on canvas, 130 x 150 centimeters

“Amblers” (2021), oil on canvas, 73 x 60 centimeters

“Apart” (2021), oil on canvas, 130 x 170 centimeters

“Trip” (2021), oil on canvas, 100 x 150 centimeters

“Dissident” (2021), oil on canvas, 130 x 170 centimeters

#humor #oil painting #painting #satire #social commentary #surreal

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