Pledge of AllegianceJose H. Alvarenga
Oil painting on Masonite board
Varnished and Ready to frame
Signed on front
20 " h x 16 " w x .25 " d |0 lbs. 10 oz.
"I always love to tell stories in my paintings and thought it would be fun to paint this small flag with a taped piece of paper with the pledge of allegiance" says Jose. "When you become a U.S. naturalized citizen, they give you this small flag to keep as a souvenir. When I saw this flag placed on my apartment wall, the way it curls and casts its shadows on the wall, I got inspired to paint it."
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.