I wanted to paint a humorous painting: the heavy tag with the 50 pounds written on it, as most airlines consider 50 pounds and up to be a heavy baggage, and then you have the 50 pounds note. Below the 50 pound bill is a note about me painting in the style of some of my favorite trompe l'oeil artists, William Harnett and John Haberle. This piece is mounted on a cradled wood panel with mahogany stained sides (not pictured).

- Jose H. Alvarenga

50 Pounds

Oil painting on masonite board

Signed on front

9" h x 12" w x .37" d
0 lbs. 8 oz.



Jose H. Alvarenga
Inglewood, California

Getting to Know Jose H.

Jose’s soft still life paintings are like visual puns. He creates relationships between objects that evoke both amusement and contemplation in the viewer. By devising a clever dialogue between objects, Jose turns a still life into a story. Jose utilizes a classical realist style with a gentle nod to surrealism through his unique subject selections. He is inspired by everyday objects, particularly those with a quality of nostalgia, memory, or humor. Jose paints out of his Los Angeles area apartment, where he also enjoys playing the keyboard and reading art books.