Earlier this week, I went to see Belgian Brooklyn-based painter and sculptor Harold Ancart’s exhibit at the @davidzwirner gallery.
The gallery was exhibiting Ancart’s series of tree paintings he made during the pandemic.
The painting with a green tree and pink skies made me feel like I was looking at a tree in a Japanese animé.
This red and blue painted piece reminded me of René Magritte’s hand. My photo doesn’t capture the blue color well, but Ancart paints the sky in the Surrealist master’s trademark blue.
It was very interesting to see throughout his paintings how he would sometimes choose to layer on the sky atop the tree instead of keeping the sky behind it– adding to the surrealist element of the naturescape.
and sometimes one would find a painting with a trunk that is not even part of the tree.