English Kills Art Gallery | 114 Forrest Street
Don Pablo Pedro
Exhibition Dates: June 5th 2015- July 5th 2015 Opening Reception: June 5th 2015, 7-10pm
English Kills Art Gallery is pleased to present Don Pablo Pedro’s Painter. From the self-deprecating demons of the artist’s psyche incessantly whispering, “You’re not good enough”, to the moments of inner clarity the artist experiences while creating, Don Pablo Pedro’s Painter is a self-reflexive exploration of success, failure, and the desire to prove oneself within the unforgiving confines of the contemporary art caste. Influenced by Thangka paintings, Akita Ranga, and Medieval art, Painter embarks on an odyssey of horror and hilarity. The creatures of the artistic headspace are realized on stretched linen as thirteen life-sized vignettes question the artist’s very existence. In “Don’t Look Back”, a bearded figure plunges head first into a vehement hole, refusing to second guess himself or succumb to sensations of self doubt. An insidious Cerberus in “Nice Horse” beckons the artist to abandon his integrity and hop on for a ride with the devil. The self-titled, “Painter” places the artist squarely at the intersection of resignation and resolve, gazing upon an empty canvas unsure of which path to take.
Don Pablo Pedro, (b. 1986, Florida) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His work has most recently been featured in: Juxtapoz, Beautiful Decay, and The Huffington Post. Pedro has shown extensively in Brooklyn and greater New York. Painter is Don Pablo Pedro’s third solo exhibition at English Kills Art Gallery.