The San Francisco based artist, Leilani Bustamante has always balanced a romantic beauty with the darker themes in her art. Bustamante’s voices themes of mortality exploring elements of death, and rebirth, and her newer works explore the loveliness of the macabre. Ripe with symbolic elements, her paintings feature figures rendered with in the tradition of classical beauties that are arranged in abstract and darkly fantastical montages.
“As human beings curiosity of death and the dark is a part of life. I find a lot of comfort in dark themes and they fall in line with my emotions and sensitivities. I think it’s a natural and universal concept to find a little darkness in everything and everyone and throughout art history it’s easy to see why artists romanticize the dark- it is alluring, attractive and unknown,” Bustamante explains.
Here are Leilani Bustamante’s eight new paintings employ a palette of gold tones and stark blacks, displaying figures set against a refinement of design and occult patterning.