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Paul Pretzer is Top Six Must-See Figurative Painting Shows in New York


Paul Laster reviews on Galerie Magazine: “Referencing well-known Renaissance paintings, Paul Pretzer’s works depict classical characters in surreal situations. Fruits and vegetables levitate over the headless bodies of friars and shirtless men caress porcupines and rabbits, while a bearded man in a cape and white underpants transports a mouse by its tail. Using traditional painting techniques, Pretzer casts his characters in ritualistic poses, but turns the outcome on its head with visionary riffs on historical genres. Primarily portraits, the hybrid scenes seem to be as much about still lifes as they are about people. Revealing the artist’s black humor is a painting of an apple carved with a smiling face and balanced atop a human skull.”

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