A Little Bit of Rock ‘n’ Roll - Pedro Bonnin’s Emotive Compositions

Joanne Artman Gallery
Jan 11, 2018 9:37PM

As we have highlighted before, there is much to be noted in cultural influence between the worlds of music and fine art. The vibrant, photorealistic paintings by Mexican artist Pedro Bonnin evoke the spirit of freedom and independence embodied by rock ‘n’ roll culture in both energy and through direct visual clues. Originating as well as first popularized in 1950’s, the heavy beat and simple melodies have inspired generations of musicians. Not solely a musical genre, the term is also often used to describe a certain type of lifestyle, genre of fashion, as well as ideology. Bonnin’s edgy compositions perfectly capture the explosive, tumultuous vitality of old school rock ‘n’ roll in his oil on canvas works. Opting for a minimalist background, Bonnin places all of the emphasis on the figures which fall, twist, and jump as though propelled through the compositional plane.

Pedro Bonnin
Constellation 7
Joanne Artman Gallery

In a mix of high and low brow sartorial ensembles, Bonnin’s subjects are dressed with impeccable bite. Avoiding any connotation to their eventual impact, the figures are shown frozen in a perfectly balanced moment. Through the drama of facial expressions, posture and pose, Bonnin is able to convey the complexity of human relationships, emotions, and narratives - exposed and dissected. The dynamics of each work rely on composition, Bonnin’s direct, photorealistic style, as well as the familiarity and symbolic implications of the subjects’ outfits which frequently include designer sunglasses, glossy leathers, and sheer tights . To this end, Bonnin frequently borrows specific stylistic elements that are tied in to what we consider to be the icons of rock ‘n’ roll culture - lots of leather, black, and a blasé, “do anything” type of attitude.

Pedro Bonnin
Sweeping Up the Heart
Joanne Artman Gallery

In both Constellations and The Sweeping up the Heart Bonnin plays with a cropped composition that brings the viewer straight into the action unfolding on the canvas. The artist lends meticulous detail to various sartorial parts of the compositions from the almost tactile texture of the sheer tights in Constellations, to the lustre of the leather boots. In Sweeping up the Heart, similar attention is paid to the silkiness of the dress as the two figures simultaneously fall and reach for each other. Drama, passion and attitude are conveyed through Bonnin’s use of such elements, heightening the emotional response to both works.

Pedro Bonnin  is represented at JoAnne Artman Gallery  || 326 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach CA 92651
 || 511 A West 22nd St. New York NY 10011

Joanne Artman Gallery