The Secret Life Behind Closed Doors - Paintings Of Privacy In The Big City
Born and bred in Los Angeles, California, Seth Armstrong is an American artist who understands life in an urban city. Behind the hustle and work-centric lives of people, resembling machines more than anything else, the artist has attempted to open a window into the secret lives these people hold.
William Ratcliffe, Attic Room, 1918, oil on plywood, 51 x 50.8 cm, Tate Liverpool. Source
This is the bedroom of William Ratcliffe’s niece Margaret at the house of the artist’s brother, though as identified by the Tate, the men’s boots depicted in this painting are a likely indicator that Ratcliffe was staying here at the time. A watercolour sketch of the same scene is held in the Letchworth Museum and Art Gallery.
Minnesota based artist Alex Kuno
best describes his work’s narratives as apocalyptic, satiric
fairytales. His mixed media illustrations are as dark as they are
whimsical, following deranged subjects, often children, rendered in
acrylics, graphite, chalk, ink, ballpoint pens and crayons on pine
boards. His early series, after which he named his website, calls this
world the “The Miscreants of Tiny Town”, inhabited by lost orphans
looking for a home in an endless, foreboding landscape that has as much
personality as its characters. Though nightmarish, there’s also a sense
of romance in his young subjects’ undying desire to eke out a better
existence for themselves. A story about romance is at the heart of
Kuno’s latest series debuting on Valentine’s Day at Dorothy Circus
Gallery in Rome.