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Published 2016-06-24

Leos Suchan, Painter

While abstract art originated in non-European cultures and is a visual language of shape, form, colour and line, hyperrealism is a complete opposite – depiction of reality down to the very last detail and, sometimes, beyond. In Leos’ paintings the two styles are combined, forming new realities. Their subjects, however, stay familiar: products of nature, artefacts, and everyday actions. Leos uses traditional oil painting techniques to give his experimental, ultra-modern works an out of ordinary touch.

To hyperrealism, attention to detail is central; everything is painted with great accuracy. An example is Aluminium Foil IV. However, there is a duality in the work. If it was not for the title, revealing the object's origin, the painting could well be abstract. It is typical to Leos' works. From the Train II was painted from a photograph which Leos took during a train journey. The seeming abstraction is broken by the fact that the painting represents what an eye can see in the split second when it looks out of the window of a high-speed train, in a hyperrealistic way.

    Left: From the Train II, 150 x 150 cm, acrylic and oil on canvas, Right: Aluminium Foil IV, 150 x 130 cm, acrylic on canvas

Leos’ practice is always evolving as he is exploring new and new ways of artistic expression. Water Lilies V  were inspired by a visit to botanical gardens and classify as hyperrealistic. On the other side of the spectrum there is Abstraction III, which is purely abstract. Yet, a certain degree of ambiguity can be found. Painted in a special technique when oil and lacquer are combined and poured directly onto canvas, it could depict a lunar landscape or a nebula, and aim towards hyperrealism. In the series Roses and Fragments of Nature the two disciplines are in equilibrium, portraying the wild beauty of the natural world. 

Abstraction I - detail, 2011, 100 x 140 cm, oil on canvas

In the nearest future we can look forward to Leos’ new, dazzling paintings.

New works - exhibition view