Purple KimonoJohn Kelly
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang
Signed on back
24 " h x 30 " w x .75 " d |2 lbs. 8 oz.
This intimate interior scene, of Parisian artist Ninon Luang Rath, suggests the languidness of a long afternoon. The light of an unseen window spills over the sleeping model, surrounded by gold and purple garments, framed by more muted grays of the couch and wall. The eye is led through the frame by the arrangement of her limbs, leading to the focus, the dreaminess of her facial features.
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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