In Meticulous Detail, Antonio Santín’s Hyperrealistic Oil Paintings Undulate with Vibrant Textures



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#Antonio Santín
#painting
#rugs

February 29, 2024

Kate Mothes

Detail of “I’m Only Happy When It Rains” (2023), oil on canvas, 78.75 x 78.75 inches. All images © Antonio Santín, courtesy of Marc Straus, shared with permission

Akin to the way textile weavers rely on intricate looms to support warps and wefts, Antonio Santín (previously) employs another kind of machine. Precisely calibrated for the various densities of different oil pigments, a pneumatic compressor allows the artist to carefully control the speed and volume of paint onto the canvas, creating a rhythmic, textured, hyperrealistic depiction of ornamental rugs.

Santín begins each work by studying real carpets, documenting how they react when bunched, curled, or folded. Building up the medium in hundreds of thousands of dots and dashes, he transforms flat surfaces into sculptural reliefs, toying with light and shadow in the interplay between two- and three-dimensionality.

If you’re in New York, stop by Santín’s solo exhibition at Marc Straus through March 3. His work is also part of a group exhibition on view through September 20 at Leila Heller Gallery in Dubai. Find more on the artist’s Instagram.

 

A very detailed oil painting of a bunched-up woven carpet.

“Supernova” (2023), oil on canvas, 63 x 86.5 inches

A close-up image of a detailed oil painting of a textile patterns on a rug.

Detail of “Supernova”

A very detailed oil painting of a bunched-up, gold and white woven carpet.

“Echo Chamber” (2023), oil on canvas, 63 x 86.6 inches

A close-up image of a detailed oil painting of a textile patterns on a rug.

Detail of “Poligamia” (2023), oil on canvas, 63 x 86.6 inches

A very detailed oil painting of a bunched-up woven carpet.

“Poligamia” (2023), oil on canvas, 63 x 86.6 inches

A very detailed oil painting of a bunched-up, blue and orange woven carpet.

“I’m Only Happy When It Rains” (2023), oil on canvas, 78.75 x 78.75 inches

Installation view in a gallery of two very detailed oil paintings of bunched-up woven carpets.

Installation view at Marc Straus

A very detailed oil painting of a bunched-up woven carpet.

“Bonanza” (2022), oil on canvas, 78.75 x 78.75 inches

A close-up image of a detailed oil painting of a textile patterns on a rug.

Detail of “Echo Chamber”

#Antonio Santín
#painting
#rugs

 

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