Untitled signed and dated 2005 (upper left)
oil on canvas
60" x 48" (152 cm x 122 cm)
In his works, contemporary artist Olan Ventura confronts the prosaic quality of everyday life with images of play and make-believe, creating a world that is at once meticulously figurative and highly symbolic. This synthesis of opposing dynamics results in a cohesive yet layered piece that successfully engages in a layered commentary.
Upon first glance, Ventura's piece invites a comedic undertone given the context of the circumstance and the flatness of its treatment. Yet, as one delves deeper into the piece, one begins to see how Ventura lifts the veil of reality by offering a cursory glimpse at what lies within the body and the soul.