Art Illustration


Quiet Scenes of Youthful Melancholy and Mystery by Aron Wiesenfeld

May 3, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

The Well, oil on canvas, 67 x 83 in.

In his dreamlike paintings, Aron Wiesenfeld depicts scenes of young women in moments of hushed reflection. Wiesenfeld’s artworks are often set outside in softly illuminated environments at twilight or dusk. Youthful female figures quietly observe their surroundings or are poised at the edge of entering a new realm. In an interview with Juxtapoz, Wiesenfeld describes how he finds and processes inspiration:

Ideas come from anywhere… places, memories, movies, art, etc. A book called Art and Fear said, ‘Notice what you notice.’ I thought that was great advice. So many times something that flashed by my consciousness might be lost just as quickly. There is a kind of discipline to saying, ‘Wait, there was something interesting there, what was it?’ Memory is so transitory… I want to get to my sketchbook as quickly as I can.

Wiesenfeld studied at The Cooper Union and ArtCenter College of Design and currently resides in San Diego, California. His upcoming solo show will be at Arcadia Contemporary in New York in 2019. Wiesenfeld occasionally offers signed print editions of his paintings via his website, and he has also published a book which compiles the last fifteen years of his artworks. You can stay up to date on new paintings and drawings via Instagram and Facebook. (via Arrested Motion)

Bunker, 2016, oil on linen, 32.5 x 44.5 in.

Homecoming, 2014, oil on canvas, 26.5 x 34 in.

Winter Cabin, oil on canvas, 30 x 41 in.

Bride, 2014, oil on canvas, 26.25 x 39.5 in.

God of the Forest, 2014, oil on canvas, 39.25 x 28 in.

October, 2014, oil on canvas, 22.75 x 35 in.

The Off Season, 2016, oil on linen, 26 x 33 in.

Night Grove, 2016, oil on panel, 19 x 24 in.



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