Originally from Miami, Florida, Hernan Bas (* 1978) now lives and works in Detroit. Hernan Bas is first and foremost a painter, even though he also works with photography and ventures into the field of film occasionally. By combining woodcut and linoleum print, airbrush or gold leaf with painting, Bas creates multilayered, densely textured works of art. Hernan Bas takes his inspiration from literature, history and contemporary culture, combining the themes of Arthur Rimbaud, Oscar Wilde and Robert Frost with “The Hardy Boys” and Louis Vuitton. Inspired by the aesthetics of the male androgynous dandy, Hernan Bas constructs narratives of adolescent exploration, that at times suggest themselves as metaphors for a sexual and sensual awakening. Usually portrayed alone amidst vast and sprawling natural surroundings, the pensive youths in Hernan Bas’s paintings reside in a utopian world of instinctive sensuality. Elements of theatricality appear again and again in his mid- and large-format paintings.
Hernan Bas studied at the New World School of the Arts in Miami. His works have been shown in several solo and group exhibitions worldwide. On the occasion of his solo show “The other side” at Kunstverein Hannover, Germany, a catalogue was published which can be obtained through the gallery. Works by Hernan Bas were included in the Nordic Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale, curated by Elmgreen & Dragset in 2009. The artist has participated in recent group exhibitions including “Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project” at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, and “The Cry” at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon (MUSAC), 2011. Hernan Bas has participated in various biennials, such as the 6th Busan Biennale, Korea (2008) and the Whitney Biennial Exhibition, New York (2004).
Museum of Modern Art, New York, US
Rubell Family Collection, Miami, US
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, US
Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, US
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, US
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, US
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, US