Jack Balas *****
The online gallery of Jack Balas is a very interesting collection of art. In his artistically certain and very recognisable style, he gives us a huge collection of paintings, where charmingly painted gym jocks (in a kind of Norman Rockwell style) are combined with symbols, text, sketches and objects into a mystical retro-pop-art. Thanks to this artistic treatment of the nudes, the paintings are lifted from what could have been just another collection of male nude paintings, into narrative works of art.
The web site also includes a gallery of his various photographic projects, most of them quite interesting, as well as some sculpture and installation work. But it is the many interesting paintings that one remembers after visiting the site.
I rate the Jack Balas web site 5 out of 6 stars.
Click here to visit his online gallery.