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Another Lost Angel

“Life and the world can be pretty dark but I believe, all in all, in good, even when it’s bad. I see the bright neon colors like too much sugar. Like the way too much happy, makes you sick to your stomach. Not sure why I’m attracted to that. Life is brutal yet so awesome and great!”~Josh Petker

Nothing is ever what it seems. That much I know. Los Angeles based artist, Josh Petker revisits beauty and horror in his work mixing influences between Klimt and his own experiences. I’ve always been a fan of the kistchy girly paintings, like those of mid-century artist Vladimir Tretchikoff whose alien like otherness portayed in his females are quite unnerving, reminders of the divide between our lovely genders. I’m not really sure about the whole logic behind using the female form as vehicle expression of an inherently male worldview, except that it’s always been… and they make for some powerful imagery.

Read the Josh Petker interview here.

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15 comments for “Another Lost Angel”

  1. Gah. Love love love them. Especially that first one- I’m absolutely hypnotized by the shapes and colors in it!

    Posted by Ashe Mischief | January 7, 2009, 7:05 am
  2. Thanks for sharing, I love to discover new artists and those paintings are mesmerizing.

    Posted by Miss Glitzy | January 7, 2009, 8:02 am
  3. The colours in those paintings are indeed so expressive, and it’s fascinating to read what the artist meant by them.


    Posted by pretty face | January 7, 2009, 9:09 am
  4. Oh wow; these pictures are gorgeous. Very inspirational. :]

    Posted by apricot tea. | January 7, 2009, 10:10 am
  5. yeah, its something about what women are in a greater sense, the muse side of us, that’s not real or not something we could ever live up, however it something we understand that we personify.

    Posted by Lindsey | January 7, 2009, 11:39 am
  6. These paintings are seriously amazing - he’s extremely talented!

    Posted by danz | January 7, 2009, 11:58 am
  7. ❤ashe, the first one got me, i love the colors… and i wish i could have eyes like that.
    ❤prettyface… it really resonates with me.. not many people acknowldge the duality of life.
    ❤lindsey, i like the way you put it.. we can’t live up to it, but we identify none the less.

    Posted by jennine | January 7, 2009, 1:12 pm
  8. woweee, those are totally amazing! x

    Posted by Frankie - Swell Vintage | January 7, 2009, 2:17 pm
  9. Wow, the use of colour and texture in these pieces is so beautiful. I feel inspired to do something bold and creative!

    Thanks for bring Josh Petker into my world :D

    Posted by Alex | January 7, 2009, 2:24 pm
  10. mmm, this is so inspiring…I love the expression and the powerful lines…..fantastic!!

    Posted by Mer | January 8, 2009, 4:39 am
  11. wow amazing. love the first

    Posted by d | January 9, 2009, 7:29 pm
  12. Ooh those are great.

    Posted by szaza | January 10, 2009, 12:02 am
  13. Love the post title <3

    Posted by Katie | January 11, 2009, 4:00 pm
  14. Wow…they’re really beuatiful pieces, the colours are just stunning!

    Posted by Kate | January 15, 2009, 8:26 am
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