Art Review | Peter Clothier

July 8, 2014 12:18 AM

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Art Review | Peter Clothier

"Malecón Barroco" -- translated as "Baroque Seafront" -- is in many ways illustrative of Fabelo's baroque vision, though not in its grisaille color effects. The crowding of the canvas with naked, buxom female forms, the carnival masks, in this case mostly marine in reference, the ornate busy-ness of the composition -- and, too, the darker side of the baroque vision, the spikes, fork tines and hooks, the satanic tails and barbs that contrast the exuberant celebration of lively sensuality with the adumbration of sinfulness, damnation, and death. There's both Peter Paul Rubens in this image, and Hieronymus Bosch.

More frequently, though, Fabelo's paintings are ablaze with color. Here in "Contemplation of the Pearl"...

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