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Brian Calvin

Brian Calvin, Waiting II, 2020
Acrylic on canvas, 56 x 84 in (142.2 x 213.4 cm)
Brian Calvin, Waiting II, 2020 Acrylic on canvas, 56 x 84 in (142.2 x 213.4 cm)

As an educator and art collector, I am motivated to share more about the artists that jump out at me and one of my favorite artists, Brian Calvin, recently opened a show in New York at the Anton Kern Gallery. Brian Calvin (born in 1969 in Visalia, California) is an American artist who lives and works in Ojai, California.


Brian demonstrates faces in a unique way that uses “hyperbolic color, mosaic eyes, and varnished lips” in a manner that is simply fun. In the current exhibition, there are 23 new works on display and the paintings were “born out of the global pandemic, which brought life as normal to a halt”, according to the show’s press release. You need to see this online or in person if you live near NYC.


All artists spend a lot of time in solitude but the current pandemic created a new suspension to Brian’s daily routine and this isolation gave him time to reexamine the meaning of figurative painting. He clearly summoned Cubism into this new body of work and added his own flavor of texture and concept to create a figurative point of view that is his own.

The title of the show “Waiting” is an omnipresent concept that we are all dealing with…waiting on a return to normalcy, waiting on a vaccine, and so on.


Right now, I am simply waiting for a free moment to go see this artwork!