Almost FinishedJose H. Alvarenga
Oil painting on Masonite board
Varnished and Ready to frame
Signed on front
12 " h x 16 " w x .75 " d |0 lbs. 8 oz.
Jose explains the title of this painting. "On the front, there's a Rubik's cube that is almost finished - all I need to do is a few twists here and there to finish all the colors. On the wall, is my own copy of a detail of Rembrandt's portrait painting - again almost finished. The face is done, the background is almost done, and the cuff needs a little bit more work. I always have fun painting 'picture within a picture' type of paintings."
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.