Sunlit mountains rise from lush valleys and foam caps the crests of waves within the expansive landscapes of Barry Hazard, painted at a scale that might match snugly within the palm of your hand. Utilizing wooden panel as a base, Hazard builds up sculptural vistas in thick acrylic paint, detailing wildflowers, sandy seashores, and snow-capped peaks. Starting from a few inches to about half a foot, his diorama-like Minis overflow from their tiny frames.
Hazard started engaged on a small scale through the pandemic when he was invited to take part in a present at Shelter in Place Gallery, a 1:12-scale gallery that operated in 2020 and showcased its exhibitions on-line when lockdowns made visiting bodily exhibitions not possible. He relishes making the Minis due to the sense of immediacy evoked by the medium in such a small floor space. “A single brushstroke could seize a complete sky, and an concept or impulse may be accomplished in minutes or hours—not days,” he says.
Starting with a body sourced from a dollhouse provider, he builds up the floor utilizing acrylic gesso and modeling paste earlier than including vivid colour. Rendered with unfastened precision, options within the Minis like paths, hills, and figures are clearly outlined but nameless. Containing sprawling scenes in a tiny house provokes a kind of reflection and contemplation that requires shifting in shut, relatively than standing again to absorb a grand view. “The size is the antithesis to one thing grand or monumental,” he says, inviting viewers to method “with much less warning than a big portray and maybe a larger sense of intimacy and playfulness.”
Hazard additionally applies related strategies to bigger work. He can have work introduced by Good Bare Gallery at Barely Honest in Chicago this April and Future Honest in New York Metropolis in Could. Discover extra work on his web site and Instagram.
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