Southern California based artist YESNIK pulls inspiration from his immediate surroundings and natural environments he frequents, which in turn edify the model and makeup of his paintings. Through deliberate, color-laden brush strokes and with an ardent attention to shapes, YESNIK is able to create semi-abstracted objects and imagery that convey texture, tonality, and emotion. Informed by artists like Max Ernst and Paul Nash, this type of abstraction utilizing distorted formations, alludes to a suggested altered reality that currently permeates contemporary society—what’s seen versus what’s unseen, and how we choose to comprehend our world.
Working within an array of vibrant deep hues, the viewer becomes engulfed within an arrangement of shapes. Thru this, we begin to notice figures situated within a sweeping landscape of petrified wood or stone that come to resemble fossilized traces of a past existence—a looking back to our ancestral roots so to speak. These abstruse objects, come to life in his paintings and become metaphors for a society that YESNIK believes has entered into an evolutionary pitfall. As the artist states “we are living in a society perpetually stunted by its own free will and potential demise”. This suggestion—within a brazen juxtaposition of visual beauty—might imply that we are living in the most convenient denial .