Man With Sunflower Seeds

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Weight1 kg
Edition size :

99

Dimensions :

100 cm x 66 cm (39.37 in. x 25.98 in.)

Paper :

BFK Rives 270 g.

Technique :

7-color screenprint, hand cut.

Signature :

Signed by the artist, numbered and stamped by our publishing house.

Year :

2021

Co-edition :

with Galerie Sébastien Bertrand

Collection :

Screenprints

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This screenprint is the first collaboration by Michael Hilsman with JRP|Editions. The edition depicts the artist’s unique style, figurative painting in between naturalism and, also, symbolism.

The print also represents Hilsman’s recurring characters, the ones whose faces he always covers with plants or objects. In this way, he fuses the human figure with the rest of the scenery. He got this inspiration while living in Pakistan, where the Islamic tradition of aniconism forbids material representations.

Michael Hilsman’s work is also famous for his use of colour and the representation of the Southern California landscape, the home of the artist.

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In “Man With Sunflower Seeds,” Hilsman’s mysterious, often obscured protagonist stands camouflaged behind a columnar cactus and a gnarl of sunflowers all pressed against a bright blue sky. The figure, sunflowers and cactus are equally animate, all three characters inhabiting the same stage and intertwined in the same story.

In “Man With Sunflower Seeds” the figure dons an old fashioned men’s dress hat, giving him the aura of a film noir detective or a mysterious character in the shadows. The man delicately sprinkles sunflower seeds into a pile at his feet, leaving the viewer to wonder if this act is derived from ritual or magic. Like much of Hilsman’s work, “Man With Sunflower Seeds” forgoes a logical narrative in favor of depicting the landscape of dreams, visions, and the world of the unseen.

Weight1 kg
Edition size :

99

Dimensions :

100 cm x 66 cm (39.37 in. x 25.98 in.)

Paper :

BFK Rives 270 g.

Technique :

7-color screenprint, hand cut.

Signature :

Signed by the artist, numbered and stamped by our publishing house.

Year :

2021

Co-edition :

with Galerie Sébastien Bertrand

Collection :

Screenprints

Price :

No prices available for the moment

PRINT PDF

Michael Hilsman

Born in 1984, Los Angeles, California. Lives and works in Pasadena, CA, USA.

Michael Hilsman makes non-literal paintings of objects and figures that explore the absurdity, magic, and latent spirituality of the physical world. 

Utilizing formats associated with classical painting such as portraiture and still life, and employing a wide visual vocabulary ranging from naturalism to expressionism, Hilsman builds monumental paintings whose objects and figures are in a state of dissolution and fragmentation, often seeming to disattach from themselves and form anew, appearing both familiar and foreign.

Whether it is the bulky male figures or the depictions of various flora and fauna, the figures and objects in Hilsman’s work have a frayed, tenuous connection to their own materiality. They are awkward, vulnerable, impermanent, and worn from the constant weight of reality. Fruits and vegetables appear bruised and the human body’s many absurdities and quirks are accentuated. Many times in Hilsman’s work solid images disappear and ethereal ones become concrete, locked in a state of reconciliation between physical and intangible experience.

Various objects and subjects reoccur in Hilsman’s work, such as teeth, walls, roots, shoes, hands or a figure drawn from the artist’s body. They have a specific nature in that they are vessels that hold their own essence prisoner, or the memory that we have of them. By referring in this way to the Proustian vision, Hilsman’s objects do not really have value in themselves, but serve as triggers of a memory or a deeper knowledge, a human experience both collective and personal. The narrative elements are fragmented, appearing as incomplete and mysterious details on the sidelines of an invisible main scene.

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