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Piet van den Boog color-drenched portraits grand in scale and intensity

Arts Observer

NEW YORK — Mike Weiss Gallery is exhibiting an emotionally charged series of portraits by Piet van den Boog. Dramatic in scale, color and execution, the paintings in“Battered and Bruised” were created using a process akin to cosmetic healing, wounding and repair.The gallery describes the Dutch artist’s approach thus: “His masterful application of paint is calculated and controlled, while areas of exposed metal are worn and weathered by acids and other oxidizing chemicals in a process left mostly to chance.” Van den Boog’s powerful series includes two self portraits.

“Battered and Wounded” is on view from Feb. 23 to March 24, 2012.

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