Conrad Ruiz

Conrad Ruíz’s watercolor paintings are arresting representations of people and machines engulfed by fire. The artist pulls from a vast archive of photographic and pixelated digital material—rendering his compositions in fluid watercolor to mimic the blur of motion and light distortion effects in photos. Seemingly a realistic portrayal of space from afar, Ruíz’s compositions seen up close are overwhelmed by the artist’s brushstrokes in the manner of pixels or noise in blown-out and grainy photographs.