Resting PierrotJohn Kelly
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Varnished and Ready to hang
Signed on back
13 " h x 18 " w x .7 " d |1 lbs. 0 oz.
This is part of my Pierrot series, with my long time model Amina Santana posing. I wanted to use the blue blanket as a strong counterweight to the mostly black and white colors of the rest of the composition. The title is "Resting Pierrot," but the expression on her face is resigned, or perhaps, watchful.
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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