Palmetto Bay resident Jorge Ballará, a multi-disciplinary artist working in a wide range of media corresponding to oils, pastels, acrylics and three-dimensional sculpture, is having a month-long exhibit on the Roberto Russell Gallery at Ocean Sotheby’s, 81550 Abroad Freeway, Islamorada.
Ballará, a graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, labored for main promoting corporations in New York and Chicago for a few years as artwork director earlier than focusing his skills to positive artwork.
He has developed a singular artwork type he has labeled “JOBA.” It consists of elaborate hand painted graphic designs paying homage to historical symbols of previous civilizations integrated onto three-dimensional papier maché bodycasts and different varieties.
Ballará is understood for his architectural-based work and wire and tin sculptures. These metallic sculptures take numerous varieties that embody table-top busts of well-known icons. Included within the assortment are Marilyn Monroe, Salvador Dalí, Mona Lisa, and Frida Kahlo. His sculptures have a whimsical, jewel-like property which are intricate, but pleasant.
Metallic additionally has taken him into mobiles incorporating the strategies created by grasp builder Alexander Calder. Distinctive to his work are a collection of oil and combined media on canvas work that function parts of well-known constructing’s structure in U.S. cities and states and turned them into extremely stylized girls sneakers.
For instance, the New York Metropolis Shoe options the highest of the Empire State constructing because the heel. The Miami Shoe makes use of motifs discovered on the well-known Artwork Deco designs of its buildings. Others embody the Chrysler Constructing in New York, the Transamerica constructing in San Francisco, the John Hancock Constructing in Chicago and the Texas boot shoe.
Oil work embody a Latina Mona Lisa wearing an iconic gown with tropical surroundings because the background, made for celebrating the anniversary of the unique Mona Lisa’s restoration in France.
Some portraits incorporate the JOBA designs as parts inside the work. Architectural panorama work in pastel and oil use shocking parts like a spiraling freeway supported by wires from the skyscrapers and a busy freeway “squeezing” a well-known constructing.
Ballará has proven his paintings at galleries and reveals all through South Florida: MiArte of Coral Gables, Coral Gables Museum, Miami Seaside Jewish Museum, and Mano Positive Artwork Venture Area within the Fowl Highway Artwork District. As well as he’s contributed his work to the Miami Badges of Braveness Basis which gives assist for girls affected by breast most cancers and the Miami Easter Seals.
You possibly can view a few of his work on Fb, Instagram (ballaraart) or on his web site www.ballaraart.com.