Hernan Bas

American, b. 1978


Inspired by literary sources including Arthur Rimbaud, Oscar Wilde, and Joris-Karl Huysmans, Hernan Bas paints boys on the threshold of sexual self-discovery. Located in lush, gothic landscapes and painted with abundant brushstrokes of synthetic colors, Bas’s delicate, androgynous subjects experience a range of passions. For Tapestry (2005), Bas created a dyed wool carpet depicting a young man languishing in a swan-led boat, a classically romantic motif rendered in the style of digital images in a caustic mix of purples and greens.

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Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Solo show at a major institution
Brooklyn Museum
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Shows Featuring Hernan Bas
Articles Featuring Hernan Bas
14 Artists on the Importance of Portraying Queer Love
Jun 3rd, 2020
Hernan Bas Brings His “Erotic Nostalgia” to a Special Series of Etchings
Apr 27th, 2015
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