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Jul 13, 2007

Herbert Baglione Show Opening Reception Tonight at New Image Art

New Image Art in Los Angeles is proud to present Sao Paulo based, Brazilian artist Herbert Baglione in his new exhibition titled "The Wall." Baglione has been recognized for over ten years as part of Brazil's street artist's movement along with Os Gemeos, Speto and Vitche whom have all had a large influence on street art here in the United States. Baglione's strong, distinctive style and complex themes visible in his illustrations, paintings, and street endeavors have earned international acclaim in the design and art world alike. Herbert is renowned for his strong simplistic street murals that are reminiscent of Southwest Pueblo cave drawings morphed with extraterrestrial images brilliantly placed on rooftops and street surfaces, only visible in their entirety from an aerial view. His images are of the obese and the painfully anorexic - extremes of human shapes elongated and rounded for the ultimate simplistic, dramatic iconic human symbols. Thus illustrating his interest in human imperfection and extremes. Baglione's art is constantly growing and changing via strong aesthetics and visual language though his figurative subjects remain constant. Baglione relies heavily on a monotone palette of black, white and golden hues. At times Baglione's work has had a strong minimalist and simplistic bent while relying on his elaborate calligraphic language and definite style somewhere between the Art Nouveau images of Audrey Beardsley and the eerie, mystical, and whimsical language of the "children's" illustrator Richard Scarey. For his solo show, titled "The Wall", at New Image Art, Baglione will test the audience to ponder the walls inside contemporary society and to think about their own internal walls that may lead to stagnation in life. "The Wall" is a continuation of Herbert's vision of his highly successful solo show "Vossia" at Fifty24SF Gallery in San Francisco in 2006. This show centered on Herbert's vision of man's consciousness, power and Chaos. Baglione prepares his shows with a deep narrative in each painting. In appropriate fashion, Herbert said, "An artist who stimulates the spectator's pleasure and desire to research his production is most important. Being just aesthetically beautiful is not enough." Herbert was a featured artist in "The Run Up", a film by Upper Playground and exhibited at Fifty24SF, Galerie de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich, Q! Gallery in Glasgow, and the Von Der Heydt Museum in Wuppertal, Germany among others.


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