Ryan Hewett’s “New Paintings” at Unit London

11 works of brooding portraiture and figurative anatomy

A geometric extension of the eerie, abstract portraiture that South African painter Ryan Hewett presented at Unit London back in 2016, New Paintings sees 11 provocative pieces take the spotlight. Hewett’s fourth exhibition with the gallery broadens the artist’s subject matter to include complex, figurative anatomy. Together, layers of tone and form birth colorful characters that truly captivate. Hewett’s latest happens to also mark the occasion of Unit London’s one year …

The Elusive Smile in Art History

It’s a common misconception that the reason subjects in portraits of yesteryear didn’t smile is because of unappealing looking teeth. In fact, the reason is quite logical: smiling for hours on end is awkward and straining for models. In an essay on the topic, writer Nicholas Jeeves says, “A smile is like a blush. It is a response, not an expression per se, and so …

Studio Visit: Artist Jon Barwick

The NYC-based artist creates rich, layered work inspired by architecture and rooted in visionary techniques

Instantly striking and undoubtedly worthy of a closer look, Jon Barwick‘s painted works boast immense depth—the kind that calls to mind dense city spaces. Offering one scene upon first glance and hundreds more when you’re mere inches away, the paintings are smattered with motifs and objects that jut out toward the viewer and back into a seemingly distant abyss. All of this happens courtesy of …