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Wes Hempel

Passing Storm, 2019

Oil on canvas
24 × 24 in
61 × 61 cm
This is a unique work.
$7,600
location
Los Angeles
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Wes Hempel
American, b. 1953
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Wes Hempel’s meticulous paintings typically feature contemporary male figures set in the familiar, Arcadian landscapes of classical works, proposing a revised history in which gay experience is included. Depicting shirtless or nude men as the objects of desire, Hempel subverts art historical female archetypes, re-imagining a past in which homosexuality was not vilified, and broader larger narratives and emotional states. He also paints figures in surreal, dream-like settings or arrangements, and several of his works feature buildings that float in the sky above a landscape or ocean. “There is something specific I’m always looking for,” he has said, “though it’s hard to put into words—the visual equivalent of a deftly turned phrase or the unexpected image in poetry.”

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Wes Hempel
American, b. 1953
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Wes Hempel’s meticulous paintings typically feature contemporary male figures set in the familiar, Arcadian landscapes of classical works, proposing a revised history in which gay experience is included. Depicting shirtless or nude men as the objects of desire, Hempel subverts art historical female archetypes, re-imagining a past in which homosexuality was not vilified, and broader larger narratives and emotional states. He also paints figures in surreal, dream-like settings or arrangements, and several of his works feature buildings that float in the sky above a landscape or ocean. “There is something specific I’m always looking for,” he has said, “though it’s hard to put into words—the visual equivalent of a deftly turned phrase or the unexpected image in poetry.”

Wes Hempel

Passing Storm, 2019

Oil on canvas
24 × 24 in
61 × 61 cm
This is a unique work.
$7,600
location
Los Angeles
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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