Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Dark and Sultry Art of Fabian Perez

"Proud To Be A Man"
"Flamenco"

Fabian Perez – I discovered the art of this amazing South American a few years ago at the Monarch Gallery on Prospect in La Jolla. I fell in love with his dark, sultry style and his subject matter of flamenco and tango dancers, lonely souls in dark bars, brothels, heartache, loss, beauty, age, the passing of time. There are so many emotions that are stirred up when viewing one of his paintings. There are so many levels on which to identify with his work. The sadness, the loneliness,
the frustration and boredom, the longing, the anticipation, the sexual energy. . . the list can go on and on! Take a look at some of these and see what words come to mind as you take in the darks, the lights, the subject, the expressions:

"Ana At The Bar"
"Georgina"

Artist, Fabian Perez
I was lucky to be able to meet the quiet (and very handsome) Fabian Perez at a showing of his work in 2005 at the Monarch Gallery. I was awestruck by the paintings of his that hung in the gallery and I vowed then that one day I would own one of his paintings. I followed his increasing acclaim as he was selected to be one of the artists for the Latin Grammy Awards in 2009 and then later was chosen to be the official artist of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.



As fate would have it, Perez' work was being showcased on a Caribbean cruise I was on in 2010. That was my sign that it was time. I am now the proud owner of an artist print of his “Ana at the Bar". I absolutely adore it and admire her every day. She is putting her lipstick on, perhaps in preparation for her dance number coming up, or possibly in anticipation of a man who will be meeting her at the bar. Either way, she is alone. I guess I better find a companion piece to go next to her!


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