A witty storyteller, Mr. Kaufman creates mostly sketchbook-sized acrylic paintings and drawings addressing the issues of our time. Gender identity, the Abu Ghraib tortures, deforestation and the energy crisis are just some of the subjects he depicts in his informal and expressive style. Every-day scenes such as subway riders take on new meaning when the artist paints them in the nude, using an awkward color palette of magentas and orange- perhaps exposing their hidden vulnerability. Psychology, sexuality and humor pervade Mr. Kaufman’s work and it is obvious he delights in his subjects, be it a parody of George W. Bush, an unflattering portrait of artist Nan Goldin or a pregnant man in a garden, contemplating a potted orchid plant.
Born in 1927, Mr. Kaufman has been making art his entire life while raising a family and working as an electronic engineer in New York. After the death of his wife in 2006, Mr. Kaufman moved from West Hartford, Connecticut to Los Angeles at the invitation of his son, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. This exhibition presents 50 previously unseen works created between 2006 and 2009.