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Bruno Pontiroli’s Expressive Animal Paintings: Acrobatic Kangaroos, Koalas, and More

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“Le Quintupède I” (2021), oil on wood panel, 80 x 70 centimeters. All images © Bruno Pontiroli, courtesy of Beinart Gallery, shared with permission

Expression Corporelle is the name of Bruno Pontiroli‘s new oil paintings depicting animals indigenous to Australia mimicking gymnasts. In his art, Kangaroos, koalas, and the poisonous platypus adopt unique acrobatic personalities with solid limbs and flexible backs. The animals appear to defy physics, balancing on their tails and bending at perfect 90-degree angles. Instead of following the laws of nature, they embrace warped perspectives and the ability to view the world from a different perspective.

On August 7, Beinart Gallery in Brunswick shows Pontiroli’s Expression Corporelle. You may also purchase prints of his shape-shifting characters on his website and see more of them on Instagram.

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“Les Basses Voltiges II” (2021), oil on wood panel, 30 x 24 centimeters
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Left: “Le Quintupède II” (2021), oil on wood panel, 80 x 70 centimeters. Right: “Psychologie Inversée I” (2021), oil on wood panel, 40 x 30 centimeters
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“Le Pieds Marin” (2022), oil on linen, 81 x 100 centimeters
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“Figure De Style II” (2021), oil on wood panel, 60 x 50 centimeters
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“Le Diable Au Corps” (2021), oil on wood panel, 50 x 40 centimeters
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Left: “La Queue Leu Leu I” (2021), oil on wood panel, 60 x 50 centimeters. Right: “Figure De Style I” (2021), oil on wood panel, 60 x 50 centimeters
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“Psychologie Inversée II” (2021), oil on wood panel, 40 x 30 centimeters