Bas’s paintings fluctuate between past and present and between the pictorial convention of landscape and abstraction.
“[Bas] does approach painting as a place to get lost
—for his protagonists, for him, and for us, the paintings’ viewers. Representational landscapes and abstract color fields
are both good places to lose oneself; combined, they are profoundly disorienting”1
Hernan Bas’s expressionist and highly detailed figurative paintings are openly inspired by late-nineteenth-century decadent art and literature, as
well as the concurrent symbolist and decorative style of the French group Les Nabis. While they are aesthetically grounded in the iconography
of the male androgynous dandy, the young protagonists of his oneiric visions are usually portrayed alone or in small groups within descriptions of
Whether confined in the intimacy of a genre scene or lost in the vertigo of a dense, lush, romantic-like landscape, they inhabit a fantasized world
of implicit eroticism and ambiguous sensuality. Always appearing as if suspended in time, between adolescence and adulthood, they embody
the fragile in-between state that the artist refers to as “fag limbo.” With a flamboyant palette and a refined touch, Hernan Bas overall masterly
revisits and reinterprets all the categories of classical painting from a seemingly melancholic yet often humorous and witty, homoerotic perspective.
Hernan Bas was born in 1978 in Miami, Florida. He lives and works in Miami and Detroit.