A Boy’s Best Friend

Oil and encaustic wax on panel  

30″ x 40″

Signature: back of panel

Retail Value: $5,000

Minimum Bid: $1,675





In her current series, “Wallflowers,” Jhina (Hee-na) Alvarado continues her exploration of long forgotten black and white photos of the 1930s to 1960s and attempts to resurrect these memories in a contemporary way. She paints these images with the subjects removed from their environment and with their eyes cropped out. By cropping out the eyes, Jhina removes one of an individual’s most defining features, thereby making the photographed person represent the “every person.” The action of cropping the eyes out of the composition enables the viewer to take part in the painting by connecting with the familiar, allowing the subject to resonate with the viewer’s subconscious, and creating a shared experience. The focus of this series is to explore the lighter side of memories, to relish in the good, the hopeful. Because of this, the figures are superimposed over monochromatic, “wallpapered” backgrounds, adding a sense of whimsy and color, which she feels all happy memories should have.

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