Anthropomorphic oil paintings by Richard Ahnert Imagine satirical and nostalgic tales for bears

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April 13, 2022

Grace Ebert

“Guide” (2022), oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches. All images © Richard Ahnert, courtesy of Modern Eden Gallery, shared with permission

Infused with wit and metaphor, the Toronto artist’s oil paintings Richard Ahnert imagine the brooding, peaceful and exuberant life of animals. His new collection, on view until May 6 as part of bear with me in San Francisco Modern Eden Gallery, focuses on the eponymous mammals, which are shown amidst relatable and deeply human activities. Rendered with soft, fuzzy edges in subtle colors, the anthropomorphized figures are caught in the rain, sprawled over a bar and enjoying a midday reprieve on the water. The narratives also tend to be veiled in nostalgia, shown through clothing, the ubiquity of tobacco and, in the case of “Swear Bears”, a satirical take on 1980s animation.

Ahnert’s work spans the animal kingdom, and he has some limited edition prints available. Discover more of his contemplative pieces on his website and instagram. (Going through supersonic art)

“Shore Leave” (2022), oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches

“Swear Bears” (2022), oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches

“Waiting Game” (2022), oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches

“Patchwork” (2022), oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

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