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Identity in the Raw: Paintings by John Reuss

John Reuss - Spit

The Denmark-based artist John Reuss paints abstractions of the face and body that explore alienation and the chaos of subjectivity. He works intuitively, merging consciousness with unconsciousness, building layers of paint, getting lost, reclaiming the image, and adding the finishing details with highlights and shading. The rawness of his process reveals the myth of inner harmony; many of his figures possess multiple angles and additional limbs that have been painted over, signifying the endless search for a tangible self.

John Reuss - Object VII

John Reuss - The New Mind

John Reuss - Empty Man

John Reuss - head with blurred, multiple faces and red backdrop

John Reuss - Untitled - red backdrop with crouching figure

John Reuss - Internal Loop

John Reuss - Untitled - green figure crouching

John Reuss - Another You

John Reuss - Untitled - face with extended eyes

Images © John Reuss