Mixed media paintings of human-animal hybrids in mystical forests by Pittsburgh-based artist Andy Kehoe. His paintings, inspired by 19th century Romanticism, evokes a childlike innocence that recalls a time when fantastical imagery and untold mysteries seemed possible. Kehoe's process involves painting on layers of resin, which adds dimension to the works and creates a deeper level of enchantment. He continues to push the medium by also incorporating polymer clay and experimenting with different textures.
I inhabit my worlds with strange creatures and like many of the subjects in Romantic paintings, they are often dwarfed by the nature surrounding them. Sometimes the creatures are bringing you into the scene with a straight gaze and other times they are facing away so that you can share that contemplative moment with them. There is always a harmony and symbiosis between the characters and the natural surroundings, with the giant creatures themselves sometimes acting as natural wonders. I love the idea of a living, breathing wonder roaming the landscape.On view at Jonathan LeVine Gallery through July 23.