In this painting I wanted to capture an open briefcase that shows you a game of chess with a check mate situation.  I was interested on capturing the many perspectives leading to the board game.  As you can see this is an endgame check mate situation, which I think it's an interesting combination for a check mate.  Can you find it?  

- Jose H. Alvarenga

Check Mate!

Oil painting on masonite board
Painting wraps around edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

11" h x 14" w x .75" 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.