Oscar De Las Flores, Tiny JPEGs

One of the few artists who has remained memorable to me three weeks after Art Chicago/NEXT, Oscar De Las Flores is a man who can fucking draw. His best works come off as relics, souveniers from a weekend spend time traveling to candyflip Parmigianino in Florence and blotgob Bruegel in Antwerp; a mad mad all-over magic realism dream soup with a surprising amount of content behind its intial slap in the eyeballs.

Oscar De Las Flores, The Even Sweeter Death of Oscar de Las Flores

Oscar De Las Flores, The Even Sweeter Death of Oscar de Las Flores

Four inches square, that last one. Pen and ink. Bar-raising madness.

Oscar De Las Flores , Tragic Portrait of the Artistic Talent of Mr. Oscar Camilo de Las Flores,Dead in the Flower of it’s Infancy

Oscar De Las Flores, Tragic Portrait of the Artistic Talent of Mr. Oscar Camilo de Las Flores, Dead in the Flower of it’s Infancy

While not from Chicago, he’s at least in possession of Chicago’s new must-have artist-accessory: a Canadian citizenship. If that’s not good enough for you, Santa Ana, El Salvador is only two longitudal degrees off  from Chicago, a fact that makes him more midwestern than all of Davenport.

Check out more of his work at Katharine Mulherin, Ontario, Canada.

Also, as that link is a prime example of a problem I’ve been running into more and more, now would be a good time to strongly encourage artists and galleriest to host some high quality, reasonably high resolution photographs of your/your artists’ work. Somewhere. Anywhere. Watermark them if you have to, though you really have nothing to worry about. Its no fun when anyone can grab full resolution photos of every unknown and unskilled artist in the world, but nearly every gallery worth its salt somehow believes in keeping their best work thumbnailed to hell. Awful waste, ridiculous nonsense, especially in the case of dense work like De Las Flores’.

Comments 1

  1. salarrue wrote:

    one of the best canadian latino artists ever.

    Posted 31 May 2009 at 11:05 AM

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