Alex Kanevsky, ‘Models Painting Themselves’, 2016, Hollis Taggart Galleries

Signature: Initialed and dated lower right: "AK / 15" Signed, dated, and titled on verso: "Alex Kanevsky 2015 / Models Painting Themselves"

The artist

About Alex Kanevsky

Alex Kanevsky’s gestural portraits are influenced by the artistic traditions of Eastern Europe, where he grew up, and the United States, where he now lives. In the spirit of Impressionism, he is more concerned with emotional and atmospheric triggers than narrative descriptions. In awareness of the agency of his subjects and his paintings, and observing that it is painful and unnatural for models to remain still, he depicts people in motion; likewise, he tries not to impose his will on artworks, abiding by his theory that “paintings do let us know when to leave them alone.” Kanevsky, whose studies have centered on mathematics and visual art, also resists defining his art with words. He believes that “artists statements are not possible and any attempt to write one leads to confusion and misinformation.”

Russian, b. 1963, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Solo Shows on Artsy

Alex Kanevsky: Some Paintings In No Particular Style, Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York
In Focus: Alex Kanevsky, Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York
Unstable Equilibrium, Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco

Group Shows on Artsy

It's a small Christmas, Barbara Frigerio Contemporary, Milan
Summer Group Show, Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York
Lightning Strikes: 18 poets. 18 artists., Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco