A Surreal Do-it-Yourself World

Eli Gabriel Halpern paints a do-it-yourself, back-to-basics world where people build their own homes, fish when they’re hungry, and make clothing out of scraps of carpets, blankets, window shades, and other found objects.  He’s on exhibit at Sue Scott Gallery in New York.  (Above: They Set Off, 2012 – oil on canvas, 47 1/2 x 60 in)
-When Life Give You Lemons, 2012, oil on canvas, 42 x 40 in

The thin line between the American virtue of healthy self-reliance and the American paranoia of doomsday prepping is examined in these surreally figurative paintings depicting an imaginary community organized on DIY principles. –Culturadar

-Teach a Man to Fish, 2012, oil on canvas, 40 x 48 in
-Pink Sun Hat, 2011, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in
Eli Gabriel Halpern was born in 1986 in Queens, New York. He received his BFA in 2008 from Cooper Union, graduating with the Pietro and Alfrieda Montana Prize for Excellence in Sculpture. He is a recent MFA graduate from the School of Visual Arts.  His website is here.
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