A breathtaking dive into the blue
Gustavo Silva Nuñez is an artist based in Valencia, Venezuela. He creates incredibly lifelike paintings of people swimming in water that appear three-dimensional due to a particular use of light and reflections.
With a stroke of the brush Gustavo manages to capture every little detail, all shades of blue, sparkling flashes of light, the distortion of bodies under water, myriads of waves.
To add to the realism, he poses next to the paintings in strikingly interactive ways, making it look as though he is shielding himself from the splashes or is about to to dive into the water.
Richard Estes is one of the most celebrated of the photorealist painters. Estes’ first solo show in over two decades is on view at the Portland Museum of Art now through September 7.
He sat down with David Ebony, contributing editor at Art in America and regular Yale ARTbooks Blog columnist, for a rather frank interview on his career and had some advice for aspiring artists:
Ebony What advice would you give young artists and art students?
Estes Don’t go to art school! It will ruin you and bankrupt you.
Ebony But you went to art school and you did all right.
Estes I didn’t learn all that much in art school. It was only after art school, when I worked as a designer, and learned a lot more then. In art school, they give you an easel and a brush and tell you to express yourself. With me it was always a problem of how to do it, not what to do. I was interested in working with different mediums and techniques, all the stuff they sort of dismiss in art schools these days. Years ago, I went to art exhibitions a lot more and tried to relate to what others were doing, but eventually found my own way.
Read the rest of Richard Estes’s interview with David Ebony on our blog.