Mixed media artist Christian Duran creates “theatrical landscapes” that, while giving a nod to historic botanical illustrations, break out of the confines of representational rendering to create a way of looking at nature in abstract. Rather than mapping out his compositions, Duran utilizes intuition and spontaneity to explore the beauty and mystery of the natural world in his compositions.
Duran’s forms are created by using scraps of former paintings and re-purposing them into layered and sanded collage-like shapes further enhanced with charcoal, acrylic paint, ink, and oils. Wholly organic, his images evoke sea urchins, flowers and the teeming worlds seen under a microscope.
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