Something like love

Brian Calvin: Exploring Nothingness

Posted in Fine Art, Pretty things by linhdy on February 14, 2010

First off, happy Valentine’s Day! In a very, UN-Valentine’s Day fashion, here are some…shall we say un-cheery paintings by Brian Calvin. What better way to celebrate cupid than look at paintings that embody a certain tension…

Calvin paints figurative paintings of androgenous, bohemian-esque young people– who seemingly hang around in an odd state of ennui. He’s been compared to David Hockey, and that’s not half bad. Either way, I can’ help but come back to his study of nothingness. It’s disconcerting to look at the kids’ elongated figures, mellow eyes and inexpressive mouths. But yet, I can’t look away. Something odd is going on. These paintings don’t have a set beginning or an end– but they take a long time to explain their nothingness. And that is a sweet story indeed.

Beyond, 2005

Beyond, 2005


Pinch, 2009

Pinch, 2009


Thing (I), 2007

Thing (I), 2007


Still Live With Flower, 2006

Still Live With Flower, 2006


Rose Gold, 2007

Rose Gold, 2007


Sunny, 2007

Sunny, 2007


The Low Road (God Out West), 2006

The Low Road (God Out West), 2006


Portrait With Bun, 2006

Portrait With Bun, 2006

Check out more works.

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