Drawing inspiration from his personal history, as well as historical figures and events, José Lerma incorporates research and an inventive approach to the traditions of painting and portraiture. Using varying methods and alternative materials, Lerma’s gestures and depictions continue to unfold upon investigation––what appear to be bold, expressionist gestures slowly reveal themselves to be meticulous collages of silicone; or almost vibrating acrylic surfaces come into near focus as infinitely layered drawings.
Featured image: José Lerma – Civil War Cockades, 2017 (detail). Acrylic on canvas. 78 × 78 in. 198.1 × 198.1 cm. Photo courtesy Kavi Gupta Gallery