JOSE LUIS QUINONES
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!