Details:

This painting depicts a racing car surrounded by flames, which perhaps come from the vehicle itself. The figure driving the car wears a helmet that almost completely obscures their face.
Framed: 12.0 x 15.0 x 1.5 in.

① Artwork:

Professor Fate Strikes Again

This painting depicts a racing car surrounded by flames, which perhaps come from the vehicle itself. The figure driving the car wears a helmet that almost completely obscures their face.

About Conrad Ruíz's work, Isabella Pigoni Miller writes: “For the past [few] years, Ruíz has worked with watercolor paint to produce arresting representations of people and machines engulfed by fire. The fluidity of watercolor paint, as opposed to acrylic or oil, imparts a visual imprecision that recalls the blur of photographs taken in motion, or the distorting effects of light as filtered through flame. His paintings, when viewed from afar, take on a realist allegiance to illusionistic space. But when viewed up close, the artist’s brushstrokes supersede their context, similar to how pixels, noise, or grain overpower their scenes in blown-up photographs. Like the properties of fire itself, Ruíz’s surfaces contain a tension between the material and the immaterial, the abstract and the figural."

Specs:

12 inches
9 inches
with frame
15 inches
12 inches

③ Artist:

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.

Conrad Ruiz:
Professor Fate Strikes Again, 2022
Watercolor on paper
9.0 × 12.0 inches /
Conrad Ruiz:
Professor Fate Strikes Again, 2022
Watercolor on paper
9.0 × 12.0 inches /