Paintings Warn of Dire Consequences for Current Actions

kerbow-5Their Refinement of the Decline, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches 

Michael Kerbow is an artist based in San Francisco who works in a variety of mediums including painting, assemblage, drawing and digital photography. Of particular note are his large oil and acrylic paintings that depict surreal and at times nightmarish visions of the future, where industry and human development has grown without regulation or care for the environment.

Kerbow shares via email:

My work explores the way in which we engage with our surroundings and the possible consequences our actions have upon the world in which we live. Through my work I attempt to question the rationale of our choices, and try to reveal the dichotomy that may exist between what we desire and what we manifest. Recently my work has focused upon the mechanisms that power our society and examines how they may influence the construct for a possible future.

kerbow-6Their Refinement of the Decline, detail

kerbow-1Diminishing Returns, oil on canvas, 48 × 60 inches

kerbow-2Diminishing Returns, detail

kerbow-3Witching Hour, acrylic on paper, 34 × 42.5 inches

kerbow-4A New Religion, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches

kerbow-7Hollow Pursuits, acrylic on canvas, 54 × 54 inches

kerbow-8Fool’s Gold, oil on canvas, 60 × 48 inches

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