At LondonArt we appreciate artists who can use art to comment on the world in which we live. In times of political upheaval and civil unrest, we often turn to artists to create images that speak of this shared uncertainty. The mesmerising and often troubling art of Gabriel Bodnariu provides an ideal social commentary at a time of great national change. His work is equally surreal and striking, with oddly elegant mismatched figures contrasting greatly with their muted backgrounds. Gracefully captured human forms are placed into a world of symbolic meaning; cows look on as businesswomen wear their hearts as tribal masks. Business and bovine collide in a contemporary art broth. Our artist of the week has captured the atmosphere of post- recession, modern Britain and it appears to be a place of deep contrasts and comparisons which leads the viewer too think of the inequalities happening all around us.
Some of the canvasses we display here are cast largely in a tastefully minimal colour scheme, with an array of grey clouds hanging low overhead. The atmosphere is suitably muted. The work is never mundane though and is given life by intense bursts of sunset reds and oranges which warms the image and keeps it passionate and lively. Abstract ideas and emotions are given their perfect sartorial image; characters are suited and booted wand given a pair of bulldog’s doe eyes. A crimson skied New York is home to a mixture of sky scrapers and tombstones. Rustic cars and backgrounds combine with families creating distinctly modern artistic creations. By bringing together his painterly skill with the heart of an activist, Gabriel Bodnariu creates work that are stunningly beautiful and incredibly relevant. His image of the headless government half heartedly swearing some long forgotten oath stuck in my mind for a long while after viewing, but I am sure each viewer will have their favourite from this provocative painter.