Traditional WaysJose H. Alvarenga
Oil painting on Masonite board
Signed on front
16 " h x 12 " w x .37 " d |0 lbs. 10 oz.
I enjoy painting pictures within pictures--it feels as if I'm painting two paintings at once. I wanted to capture the effect of light and shadows on the cutting board and the antique key. 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.