Longo’s epic narrative strength comes from his transformation of the intimate practice of drawing into the monumental scale of painting, elevating the medium to a scale never seen before. He achieves an extremely emotional range through his use of chiaroscuro, harnessing light and dark as primary material.
This forest alludes to mystery and emotions that come from nature in itself, without the presence of the human being. Robert Longo finds inspiration in the shadows that pervade the garden, which, as the title suggests, is enchanting, an Arcadia, a paradise of natural beauty.
“I always imagine that I want to make art that is going to kill you. Whether it's going to do it visually or physically, I'll take either way. If it doesn't kill you visually, it's going to fall off the wall and kill you physically. A great deal of my work is a meditation on power.„