Alex Kanevsky's Expression of Time and Movement

His paintings, despite having titles, do not usually have a linear narrative.

By Balthzar Malevolent

Alex Kanevsky's Expression of Time and Movement

Alex Kanevsky is a Lithuanian-born artist. His work and himself are little known to a wide audience, yet it would be unfair to call him an unrecognized master. In one of his few interviews, Kanevsky mentioned that once he set two painting goals for the future: to paint a really good portrait of Elvis Presley and kittens. There are no technical difficulties here; the only issue in the first case is overcoming the iconic image, in the other - aesthetic prejudices. These problems could easily be solved, for example, in the provocative style of pop art. However, Kanevsky works in the impressionist style.

Kanevsky's work feels very personal, in the sense that the artist portrays mostly a single individual. Almost always nude. Apart from the artistic deliciousness of the nude, his canvases clearly convey a detached contemplation of man without the veil. Again, Kanevsky's models hardly pose - in the obsessive sense of this action - they do not bend invitingly erotic, but are occupied, in fact, only with themselves. No pathos or social manifesto, beauty in simplicity.

The artist's technique is superb. His main tools are a palette knife and broad flat brushes. His sturdy brush strokes create unique color combinations. The use of translucent paint blends allows obtaining an elegant glaze effect, when the lower layers of paint do not overlap the upper ones but stand out through them. Definitely, Kanevsky has his own, already fully formed, artistic vision. His formulated stylistics allow him to play with and rephrase long-known traditional subjects.

Although the artist says that he is cautious about photography, one can feel its undoubted influence; Kanevsky's composition is purely photographic: the grass on his canvas is not something he has seen in person. It is captured in a photograph taken with macro photography. On the artist's personal website, there is an interesting section - Painting in progress - through which the artist allows you to see how his canvases are being worked on.

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