Saturday, July 19, 2014

FLORIAN THOMAS: New Paintings — GUS HEINZE: Glass & Steel

reporter: Miguel Dominguez

Florian Thomas

Bernarducci-Meisel Gallery had a two men show on March 6th.

Florian Thomas, whose art is naturalistic, but with some artistic tampering to the surface to make it different, and Gus Heinze who's style is of the classic school of Photorealism.

Gus Heinze

Florian with wife. He lives and Works in Munich, Germany

Born in 1966 in Neustadt an der Waldnaab, a municipality of Bavaria, Germany, Florian, who trained as an illustrator since 1986, attended the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich in 1995.

Florian's Style is naturalistic, but with a twist. On purpose, he stains some part of the surface of all his paintings with very subtle drips and spatters that raises them from the level of what seems post card art and makes them very interesting to look at.

From 1947-1950, Gus Heinze studied under Robert Weaver, Howard Trafton, and Robert Ward Johnson at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League in New York. During the 1950s and 1960s he worked as a freelance commercial artist on Madison Avenue. In 1970 he began his career as a photorealist painter in Bondville, Vermont.

His storefront-window and city scenes, are in a style that he calls "abstract realism, where the subject is real but the point of view and composition give the painting an abstract quality



Heinze is fascinated by decaying machinery left behind as the detritus of the Industrial Revolution. The forms are powerful, if inscrutable.

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