Any color is mixed out of the primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. Red and yellow is orange, blue and yellow: green, blue and red: purple. If you mix the three primaries together you get black/gray. I represented in this painting yellow in the tube color, red in the label on the Stand oil bottle, and blue on the Flemish Medium's label. This painting is about painting, as everything that I painted in it represents painting.

- Jose H. Alvarenga

Primary Colors

Oil painting on masonite board

Ready to frame

Signed on front

6" h x 8" w x .25" d
0 lbs. 4 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.