PortablesJose H. Alvarenga
Oil painting on Masonite board
Signed on front
8 " h x 10 " w x .37 " d |0 lbs. 8 oz.
In this piece, I wanted to represent the past and present of technology, juxtaposing the vintage voice recorder and the more modern USB flash drive. On the voice recorder I changed the brand name to Rotceh, which is my middle name Hector written backwards. The Eveready "Penlight Battery" is 1970s memorabilia. This piece is on masonite board and will need a frame for display.
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.