I like art that has more concept than technique. I like it when an artist draws a smiley face on a piece of notebook paper, freezes it in liquid nitrogen and shoots it with a high powered rifle (or something along those lines). But there is something about an artist whose beautiful, realistic technique manages to capture the essence of humanity. The work of Maya Brodsky is precisely this sort of work. She paints people or scenes without people but even in the latter case there are artifacts of human beings there; plastic bags full of stuff, rumpled sheets or rumpled washcloths.
When she paints people they are average folks but she brings out their beauty--perhaps melancholic beauty but beauty nonetheless. She is a special artist and one who might seem a bit outside the fashion today--but being outside of what is in fashion is usually a sign, in any artistic endeavor, that you are doing something right. Her work is oil painted on mylar mounted on board. See more of her work HERE.
Fragias work are unique pieces--oil painted on aluminum. They may be of the sea, or a city scape in the shape of a razorblade. Again there is realism in the works but where and how the images are painted distort this into something else, something unreal. In advance of Art Week I was supposed to interview Fragias but ran out of time. See more of his work HERE.