Using references from both real life and photographs, Belgian artist Hugo Pondz has a fondness for exteriors such as golf courses, parking lots, rooftops and swimming pools. Being the pool painting fanatic that I am, those are the paintings of his I am going to share with you today.
Pool Paintings by Hugo Pondz
Pondz develops dramatic detail through elaborate layers and tightly defined brushwork in order to capture a moment in time. Using deep and dense blues, luminous concrete, and calm water and long shadows in a minimalist manner, the effect is a quiet stillness tinged with anticipation. The artist imbues the scenes with an underlying sense of danger lurking beneath the seemingly simple settings, leading the viewer to introspection.
Hugo Pondz, is a regular visitor to New York in his dreams and is interested in both the urban landscape of the city and places empty and forgotten.
The characters are waiting or dreaming and maybe both. It seems there is a war between shadows and light. The aim is straightforward: to create paintings that provide a strong sense of places in which the time stands still in waiting,….
In terms of important influences, he cites the work of the American artist Edward Hopper and Giorgio de Chirico. – Stephen Jared, Los Angeles
Hugo Pondz was born in 1975 in Namur, Belgium, where he lives and works today.