Milky Way I and II by Grażyna Smalej

Milky Way II. Acrylic and Oil on Canvas. 47.2 H x 31.5 W x 0.8 in

In these two dramatic works by artist Grażyna Smalej, the Milky Way, the galaxy of stars of which our own solar system is part, is shown as a colorful plume extending up from the horizon to tower overhead, resembling a roiling forest conflagration. The artist uses the the vertically oriented canvas to give the night sky, and the arch of the Milky Way, its towering aspect, while her use of color enhances the contrast between the the darkness of empty space with the luminous galactic cloud.

Milky Way I. Acrylic and Oil on Canvas. 47.2 H x 31.5 W x 0.8 in

Grażyna Smalej

Bathe (night) II by Tomas Nemec

In this intriguing oil painting by Czech painter Tomas Nemec, three night-time bathers hesitatingly enter the water of a pond or river. The tall grass and what appears to be curled barbed wire standing between the scene and the observer gently chides us for our act of voyeurism; has our curiosity been satisfied? what were we hoping to see? what presumptions guided us?

Oil on Canvas. 51.2 H x 66.9 W x 1.2 in.