Gerald Collings, ‘Profile’, 2016, envoy enterprises

About Gerald Collings

Gerald Collings’s bubbling, sinewy paintings of oozing, melting, and rotting forms are simultaneously sensual and grotesque. Cognizant of traditional landscape and figure painting, Collings breaks down idealized, Renaissance-era representation with amorphous and fantastic figures that conjure the visceral aspects of the human body. Collings’s subjects are decomposing composites, part human and part other, juxtaposed against stark and occasionally sinister backgrounds. In a far-reaching style reminiscent of artists such as Francis Bacon and Chaim Soutine, Collings’s smeared, globby figures reveal that which tends to be hidden, and points to the subject of human mortality.

American, b. 1974, Tampa, Florida, based in Brooklyn, New York