Contemporary Figurative Paintings by William Hernandez
A transition is a movement, passage, or change from one position to another. Everyone experiences transition in their life, and the coronavirus has caused transition on a global scale. For me, the changes caused by the pandemic have been some of the most transformative, impactful, and inspirational that I’ve experienced.
Humankind has experienced social, political, and economic crises of epic magnitudes during this pandemic, and the tragic loss of lives will not soon be forgotten. Much has been written about the importance, even the necessity, of art during this tragic time. For this reason, I’m hoping the visual perspective of moments that I captured will spark a connection with others. I started this new series of paintings soon after the pandemic hit the U.S., in 2020. They are my response to the changes I witnessed, both domestically and politically, during this uncertain time. I felt like time was paused, that we were in a sort of dream that I didn’t want to last too long. Nevertheless, to this date, it’s still not over and the experiences will be tied to our collective memory.
After a long pause from this production, I continued the series in 2021. The continuation of this narrative leads me to question: How can I connect the past to the present? In what way can my contribution bring light to somewhat dark spaces and remind everyone that a brighter day is coming?
This collection of memories and experiences is my creative tribute to this time of transition, yet this seemingly unbeatable global pandemic has already been with us for nearly two years. If you are looking for answers, this series of works might clarify the question that remains with us today: Is there light at the end of this long, dark tunnel?
I hope my work can have a transformative effect on people and can bring positive reflections and hope to many lives.