Paul Juno’s psychedelic and otherworldly oil paintings take the human eye on a transfixing journey through the perspective of a macro lens. The layers of color preserve a delightful sincerity and loyalty to their materials, exposing secret air bubbles, unexpected interactions between different coats of paint, textural imperfections in the drying process… it’s rare that an artist engages in such a deep and honest dialogue with his creative medium.
The resulting photographs read like stills from a life-science documentary, exploring wild and uncharted natural landscapes. Except the rivers, mountains and volcanoes are right there on Paul Juno’s canvas. There is a strong astrological, or perhaps geological, feeling to the compositions, as if the fluidity of the colours were in a state of metamorphosis, producing and reproducing, constantly becoming something else.
Who is Paul Juno?
I am a multi-faceted artist who specializes in creating intensely intimate color harmonies through the use of impasto textured paints. All of the abstracted color paintings are created using three main tools: a palate knife, oil paint, and time. The action of the painting can be quick and aggressive, but the time it takes to let gravity finish the job is where these paintings truly shine. Their brightened contrasts, minimalistic strokes, and elegant compositional balance, truly allow these paintings to blend into any contemporary home. Color symbolizes life; its sexy wavelengths can be manipulated in an infinite amount of ways to the delight of human eyes. This body of work communicates activity, and allows your eyes to move throughout the composition with glee. No figure, statement, or message is forced upon the viewer; instead all that remains is color and contrast. To compliment the abstraction, I delve into observational illustration, in which I capture not only the physical attributes of the figure, but the metaphysical atmosphere that surrounds it. Battling ideas like ‘what does your minds eye look like?’ promotes experimental progress, and that is where true provocative ideas sprout.