Friday, January 23, 2009

DEMO: Kanevsky

Alex Kanevsky's portraits seem to go through more of a birthing process than a settled sort of methodology. The differences between stages is sometimes so drastic it's like a different painting altogether.

This is more of a WIP (work in progress) than a demonstration, but you can see what must have been going through his mind as he works and reworks the painting to its culmination. I haven't seen these paintings in person and I often wonder what the surface is like.

Click for "JFH with her Portrait" by Alex Kanevsky.

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2 comments:

  1. "Alex Kanevsky's portraits seem to go through more of a birthing process than a settled sort of methodology."

    An apt description. I like that. And, you're so right.
    Personally, I wonder how long is the interval between stages. It seems sort of a frantic change - sometimes as though he got disgusted with a certain passage and took a huge brush and swiped it across the canvas (usually with the background color).

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  2. I've seen a show of Kanevsky paintings in person and the surface is very smooth and very clean. I don't remember much texture or build up of paint.

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