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JOSE LUIS QUINONES

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Birthplace
Yauco, Puerto Rico

Birth year
08/21/1949

Lives in
Cleveland, Ohio

Works in
Cleveland, Ohio

Website

Schools
Cooper School of Art, Cleveland OH, 1973, BA
Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH, 1976, BFA

Representing galleries
none at this time

Tags
realism, pop, shaped canvas, hispanic artist, American artist, photorealism

JOSE LUIS QUINONES Artist Statement

I was born on August 21, 1949 in Yauco, Puerto Rico. I attended Cooper School of Art and The Cleveland Institute of Art Cleveland, Ohio. I have been exhibiting my art for over forty years in many locations throughout the United States and also abroad.

My paintings were originally based on a series of objects from my father’s small grocery store. I found that everyday items were in need of a closer look. I shaped the canvas to fit the contour of the object involved, eliminating the background. 

Like Rosenquist, I had painted mural size billboards for an outdoor media company for many years. Constantly painting on such a large scale had influenced the size of my artwork which I found was an important factor on the impact to the viewer.

My Photorealistic paintings are executed in oils and hand painted to look like airbrush. I blend my Photorealism and the influences of the Pop Art style together to create a shaped paintings with an illusion of a three dimensional surface. 

Originally I made realistic paintings developing the contour of the object with canvas over an unusually designed wood construction. I tried a variety of ideas to see if I could capture the object and give the audience a unique experience on a very large scale. I then created a series of crushed cans to illustrate my artistic ability in painting metal in beautiful colors with compressed and twisted surfaces.

Recently, I am in the process of investigating paintings shaped in a circular format. My goal is to produce a selection of ideas that generate anticipation for the audience.  Optimistically the spectators will perceive the paintings leaving a lasting impact to each viewer. My fascination with the realistic shaped canvas will enable me to envision many new and intriguing paintings. It will be interesting to see how far I can manipulate the shaped surfaces to create a two dimensional surface into a three dimensional illusion of genuine excitement!

 

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