A Brief Look: Stark & Serene. The Art of Ruben Ireland

The work of artist Ruben Ireland is stark. Clean. His pieces read like portraits of unknown saints. Heroes. Women as mystics. Ireland’s portraits are severe, his subjects still in a trance of calm.

Serene.

 

'Let Go' by Ruben Ireland

‘Let Go’ by Ruben Ireland

 

These are characters of fantasy, imagined from a similar world as something from director Tarsem Singh. You can feel the narrative, as if these characters just walked off of a battlefield and into the artist’s studio.

Ireland has captured the same feeling as the first portraits of the Native Americans, subjects unknowing of the stranger with the camera. A new world.

 

'Hold On' by Ruben Ireland

‘Hold On’ by Ruben Ireland

 

'This City' by Ruben Ireland

‘This City’ by Ruben Ireland

 

'The Cold' by Ruben Ireland

‘The Cold’ by Ruben Ireland

 

His women are beautiful and slight. There’s a strange strength and sadness to them, like holy men alone on a mountain.

 

'The Cold' by Ruben Ireland

‘The Cold’ by Ruben Ireland

 

'Sever' by Ruben Ireland

‘Sever’ by Ruben Ireland

 

'The Mound II' by Ruben Ireland

‘The Mound II’ by Ruben Ireland

 

'Absentia' by Ruben Ireland

‘Absentia’ by Ruben Ireland

 

The see more of Ruben Ireland’s work or to buy a print check out his Society6 page.

 

 

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