The legendary Mistral wind blows from atop the Alps and surges down into the breathtaking landscape of the Rhone Valley in southern France. The atmospheric phenomenon of Le Mistral summons spectacular climate and seasonal changes over a vast geographical region. Its powerful capacity to rejuvenate the soil and give new life to wondrous fields of flowers and herbs is a testament to Mother Nature’s supreme artistic ability.
Inspired by the metaphorical power of “the winds of change”, contemporary painter Henry Asencio breathes life into his latest image aptly titled, “Mistral”. The artist expertly captures movement in this piece with his signature brushstrokes and distinctive composition. His muse is poised as if bending to the force of the wind’s current, yet there is a delicate feeling of surrender. As her hair is tossed across her face by the wrath of the wind, she blindly accepts her fate. Her hand falls open in an effort to release that which she no longer needs and accept all that blows her way. She is resigned to go with the flow. In spite of the inferred turbulence, a sense of calm permeates Asencio’s canvas and a vision of beauty is born.
Contemporary painter Henry Asencio has emerged as one of the most intriguing young artists working today. His work blends the classical ideals of figurative painting with a unique style. Merging introspection and visual spectacle, Asencio’s personal investigations of the figure, spirituality and abstraction possess the power to transform today’s ideals of elegance and sensuality…more
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