American, 20th–21st century, male.
Born 1978, in Miami (Florida).
Painting, drawing, multi-media installation, sculpture.
Hernan Bas is a Florida-born Detroit-based artist whose aesthetic is rooted in the Romantic tradition of 19th-century writers. His works prominently feature young male figures in lonely landscapes or interior settings. Implications of gay culture, dandyism, and the paranormal are all embedded in Bas’ paintings, drawings, films, and sculptures. Melancholy and ennui seem to shadow Bas’ characters while their attitude, posture, and fashion combine his fascination with 19th-century dandyism and romantic nihilism.
Raised in parts of northern and southern Florida, Bas graduated in 1996 from the New World School of the Arts in Miami. The influence of his childhood surroundings can be seen in the rugged landscapes of earlier works such as Children of the Sunflower (2007). Seemingly lost in a sea of jagged sunflowers, two pensive adolescent boys stare into the distance. Unburdened by the silence that surrounds them, the two characters seem to be comfortable with their boredom....