For the last few years, illustrator Marco Wagner has created a series of brooding and darkly engaging works depicting the animals, people, and landscapes of his native Bavaria.
His most recent acrylic paintings and mixed-media works focus on village traditions and culture in the Franconian countryside. But stylistically the finished pieces are anything but traditional. At once narrative and surrealistic, his work draws inspiration from the aesthetics of old black-and-white photographs colored with paint. For these latest pieces, Marco looked at how traditional dress, with its emphasis on colorful flowers and accessories, attempts to beautify the grotesque and distract from unappealing truths.
Once Marco has a concrete idea for an image, he starts by composing the face in fine detail. He then adds numerous layers of near translucent paint. He often reveals or reworks older layers by using sandpaper, brush cleaner, and palette knives on the paint surface. This technique occasionally lets him change direction entirely. In this example, the clothes and background were substantially altered as the work progressed. As Marco says, “During the painting process, only the original conception remains constant; everything else remains possible.”
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