San FranciscoJose H. Alvarenga
Oil painting on Masonite board
Varnished and Ready to frame
Signed on front
8 " h x 10 " w x .25 " d |0 lbs. 4 oz.
I bought this little cable car souvenir when I went to San Francisco. The cable cars are an icon of the city as well as the "Golden Gate Bridge" which I got to include on the cover of the smaller book. The books represent the hills in San Francisco: the cable car being on top of the books (on top of the hills). This painting 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.