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THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND OF AUGUST VILELLA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Barcelona based artist August Vilella frequently describes his oil paintings as images of “his past and future through the subconscious mind.” The large central figures of his work are monstrous creatures with giant, protruding eyes drawn from his imagination. With their long, deformed and almost insect-like bodies that seem to dissipate into the air, we should feel repulsed by their appearance, and yet their big-eyed expressions evoke feelings of empathy; loneliness, despair, longing, and hope are all themes represented by Vilella’s creatures.

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