In this painting I wanted to give a tribute to still life and trompe l'oeil painter Ken Davies (1925-2017) by painting a vintage Indian card.  Ken Davies used to own many of these cards and included them in many of his paintings.  The Indian toy I already had and wanted to include it in one of my paintings.  When I thought about the Indian card, I knew it was the right time to paint it!  

- Jose H. Alvarenga

Native Pride

Oil painting on masonite board

Ready to hang

Signed on front

8" h x 10" w x .75" d
0 lbs. 10 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.