When Photorealism Meets Fashion

Joanne Artman Gallery
Jan 24, 2019 7:21PM

In conjunction with New York Fashion Week, JoAnne Artman Gallery is proud to announce the opening of The Art of Fashion at the gallery’s New York location. Examining the ways in which art and fashion inform each other, featured artist Pedro Bonnin creates photorealist paintings that emphasize the movement of the human figure through space, including defining elements of fashion, style, and design.

Evoking the spirit of freedom, independence, and self-expression embodied by fashion, Bonnin allows viewers to consider the link between the perceived photographic image and the artistic concept of painting. Lingering on photorealism’s modern surfaces and prioritization of the figures’ positioning, Bonnin creates a sense of high drama and high stakes through the use of color, negative space, and a hyper-realistic painting style.

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 evening dresses. “Fashion fascinates me. As an aesthetic phenomenon I love how beautiful it can be, how daring and bold. I love its sense of urgency, its capacity to constantly change shapes and its ability to recycle itself and come up with something entirely new” says Bonnin.

Opting for a minimalist background, Bonnin places all of the emphasis on the figures, their wardrobes, and their accompanying accessories that fall, twist, and jump as though propelled through the compositional plane. Viewers can approach his work both on an immediate level for its technique, finesse, and fashionable figures; but viewers can also go deeper, and enjoy the complexity and contradictions, the multiple means of entrance that photorealism affords.

Bonnin concludes, “ultimately, fashion wants to transfigure us, to change us into something other than we were, something more beautiful, more attractive. A better version of ourselves at the very least and it usually succeeds but as in art, sometimes the power of the work comes not so much from what it reveals as from what it hides.”


The Art of Fashion: Featuring Jane Maxwell and Pedro Bonnin

Artist reception, Thursday, February 14th, from 6:00-8:00 PM


JoAnne Artman Gallery, New York

511A West 22nd Street

New York, NY 10011

Joanne Artman Gallery