About Rene Farkass
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I draw figures in the negative space where text meets image, infusing the nostalgia of vintage pages with the youthful edge of an unclothed body. Both my drawing and painting styles are linear in nature, usually with an emphasis on a contoured, illustrative approach to the subject matter. The composition is usually stylized and incorporated in a loosely patterned color theme or in an appropriated text-based background.
My artwork, regardless of the medium, almost always starts out as a drawing or sketch, created in the moment. In my figurative drawing work, I like to work with charcoal and pastels. My sketches are typically ink drawings rendered in a sketchbook I carry on me at all times. For figurative pieces, I chose the background material based on the pose and how it can interact with the text that is already printed on the page. I typically recreate about two-thirds of my drawings into oil and acrylic paintings.
What fuels me as an artist is the daily practice of exploring and crafting beauty through a well-depicted figure and through the relationship the human form has with the shapes and negative spaces of text, sheet music, even cartography.