Ninon PierrotJohn Kelly
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang
Signed on back
21.25 " h x 31.75 " w x .75 " d |2 lbs. 8 oz.
This painting of one of John's long-term models, Ninon Lath Ruah, uses a mask to inspire questions about visual versus personal identity. While the figure is nude, her face is obscured creating a hidden reality, suggesting that what is hidden may remain hidden. The setting is something of an inverted landscape, with the colorful cloth suggesting stars against the earth-toned wall.
John was born in Paris and grew up in New York. He attended the School of Visual Arts in the 1980s and participated in the East Village art scene at the time, showing at 301 Houston Street Gallery and Ground Zero Gallery. His work was mainly influenced by the Abstract Expressionists and the German Expressionists, but that changed when he saw a Balthus retrospective at the Met in 1983. His work became figurative, and has remained so ever since. Today, he works with several models, and they’ve become active collaborators in his art. “Allowing them to be creative helps me,” he says. John’s paintings live between the realms of classicism and modernity. He painstakingly renders his models with the precision traditionally reserved for the world’s wealthy and powerful, but his subjects are like you and me. As viewers, we see intimate moments of self-reflection and vulnerability. The figures are so close to the surface, it feels like you are part of the incredibly charged scene.
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