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  • “I prefer to experience abstraction through the creation and tending of images. Painting provides the medium.” — Brian Calvin

    American painter Brian Calvin began developing a figurative, non-narrative, pictorial style in the 1990s, with close-up treatment of subjects, highly composed structures, and flat, luminous colours endowing his large-scale paintings with an ineffable quality. Condensing historically-recognised genres such as portraiture and landscape whilst anchoring his compositions in certain features that draw the viewer in, Calvin’s elongated, hieratic characters reinvent these genres via Cubism and Picasso. With pictorial economy, Calvin’s paintings reinvent any recognisable figurative elements as a starting point for exploring a more abstract and formal way to reflect on what constitutes painting.


    Interview with the artist 

    • Provenance

      Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles
      Acquired from the above by the present owner



signed, titled and dated 'Brian Calvin "SKY" 2007' on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
152.4 x 121.9 cm. (60 x 47 7/8 in.)
Painted in 2007.

Full Cataloguing

HK$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for HK$378,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2021