Betelgeuse, Winter Prince
Oil on canvas
72 x 60 inches
182.9 x 152.4 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Miles McEnery Gallery, New York
Julio Larraz’s oil paintings are set in an imagined world that combines elements of reality and fantasy. By manipulating and altering the familiar, he challenges to more closely examine and engage with the ideas embedded in his precisely rendered scenes. His painting requires a careful interrogation in order to decipher its multilayered content.
Larraz consistently and consciously pulls from both his former career as a caricaturist and his extensive knowledge of and appreciation for art history. The resulting works often incorporate elements of satire and social commentary, while frequently destabilizing the senses with playful spatial disparities. Through his composition, distinct imagery, and clever title choices, he also builds layers of art historical references.
His affinity for marine imagery is particularly clear with multiple depictions of boats and various other vessels. The illusory settings of Larraz’s paintings enter into the realm of the imagined, while remaining partially rooted in reality.