Brian Calvin
Beneath The Sun

detail of Brian Calvin Beneath The Sun, 150 knots per inch, woodland silk, 87 x 108 inches (slight variations may occur), edition of 20 + 2 APs

detail of Brian Calvin Beneath The Sun, 150 knots per inch, woodland silk, 87 x 108 inches (slight variations may occur), edition of 20 + 2 APs


Back in the 1990s, Brian Calvin began developing a figurative, non-narrative, pictorial style. Landscapes and portraits steeped in his Californian roots dominated this work. Close-up treatment of subjects, highly composed structures, as well  as  luminous colors laid flat endow these large-scale paintings with a  strange temporality. In observing his technique of pictorial economy, one gradually comes to see a type of abstraction in his representation of certain details. They reveal, even greater still, the true finality of his work, reaffirming the primacy of a visual reflection on painting itself and its possibilities. “I prefer to experience abstraction through the creation and tending of images. Painting provides the medium.” 
Brian Calvin is represented by Anton Kern Gallery in New York City. He has shown with Almine Rech in Brussels, Corvi-Mora in London, Corbett vs Dempsey in Chicago and Le Consortium, Dijon, France

Brian Calvin, Flow West, Muse Magazine, Written by Bill Powers