Lino Lago’s Colourful Paintings

WORDS Mary Garner

Spanish artist Lino Lago creates realistic oil paintings to which he adds unexpected bright splashes and layers of colour.

His Fake Abstract collection is made up of mostly female portraits, each covered by a solid layer of bright colour, with a line drawn through the layer revealing the classical painting underneath.

What the viewer is left with is merely an idea of what the rest of the painting might look like. It becomes a mystery as to whether he paints the portrait before covering it with a layer of pink, red or blue paint, or whether he paints the bright layer first, filling it with a sliver of the portrait.

Lino also splashes colour across traditional European settings, such as parlours, drawing rooms and museum galleries.

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