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David Hylton

California, USA
Siren's Call
28" x 24"

Artist Statement: The Immutability of Transformation

In "Leaves of Grass," Walt Whitman wrote: "The law of promotion and transformation cannot be eluded." This idea is explored in David Hylton's haunting digital paintings. His work challenges viewers to consider how they may instigate, react to, or remain oblivious to the inexorable effects of change and transformation upon their existence.

It depicts transformation with surreal imagery that vibrates with dramatic, deeply saturated hues. His work captures and heightens the tensions born of the process of transformation. Some of his paintings have a mystical quality that suggests a divine and positive influence upon transformation. Others present the horror of unexpected, uncontrollable evolution.

"Siren's Call" is a portrait of a woman whose alluring call is suggested by her haunting expression. She is both cool and warm, and is composed of organic elements. Unlike her mythical forebears, this enigmatic siren inspires new discoveries and exploration.

Hylton's work evokes the isolation of modern men and women whose struggle to make sense of daily inundation with information blinds them to the deeper forces at work in their lives.