Ethereal Figures Emerge From Fragmented Metallic Backgrounds

Figurative Metalic Paintings by Aiden Kringen

Ethereal female figures emerge from metallic backgrounds in the striking paintings of Aiden Kringen. The California-based artist frames grayscale renderings of women with “shattered” pieces of gold, silver, and copper to create kaleidoscopic compositions that evoke a sense of mystery.

The fragmented technique used in the background is juxtaposed with the realistic approach used to make the human figures. This unexpected combination imbues the paintings with energetic tension. “I strive to take traditional realism and pare it down and reassemble it along a geometric framework that fits within a modern context,” Kringen says on his website. “For me, the process of painting a portrait or figure involves balancing between reality and abstraction, down to every single feature of the face or hand. I dissect the figure using line work, dividing between tone and texture, and then reconnect the pieces along invisible planes throughout the painting.”

Most of these enigmatic women appear through the wrappings of gold and silver with tranquil expressions, their eyes usually looking away from the viewer in a daze. The cracks that break up the metallic backgrounds extend into the bodies of the female figures, rupturing their skin in places, too. “My goal as an artist is to encapsulate idealized beauty through a cracked or broken lens,” he explains. “I respect the purity and beauty of the human essence while accepting that it is imperfect, and therefore depict it through a process of fractalization.”

You can purchase limited edition prints of Kringen's art via his website, and keep up to date by following the artist on Instagram.

California-based artist Aiden Kringen creates figurative paintings with a metallic palette.

Figurative Metalic Paintings by Aiden Kringen

He renders ethereal grayscale figures that are surrounded by an abstracted background.

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The “shattered” pieces of metal, silver, and gold cover the women's heads and parts of their bodies.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Aiden Kringen.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.
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