Abstract Studies I + II

acrylic on paper



Salas writes, “The small abstractions are figurative studies. I was trying to find non-representational ways of describing the human figure unconsciously, viscerally.” 

rafaelsalas, abstract study I, 2011

rafaelsalas, abstract study II, 2011

The above studies are for these two paintings, Untitled Portrait (Funeral) and Untitled Double Potrait (Trans-Am).  The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection will be acquiring two limited edition prints of these two paintings. 

Untitled Portrait (Funeral) hi res

Untitled Portrait (Funeral) — 2011, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

Untitled (Double Portrait with Trans Am) 002

Untitled Double Potrait (Trans-Am) — 2011, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches


My current artistic project begins by describing the landscape and its moods that I have observed in Wisconsin.  They include natural occurrences as well as man-made events and architecture which complement and conflict. Our creations and habits rub up against what is native or wild. Those interactions describe our new selves.

The use of non-representational and still life elements in my artwork creates a dichotomy between figure and ground, between the perceived and the felt. Like the nature of the landscapes I observe, the artwork aspires toward a certain nobility, but often illuminates a poignant contrast to that aspiration.

Country music is the appropriate soundtrack.

All images copyright of the artist and used with permission.


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