Her Hour – Elleza Kelley

2017, oil on canvas, 36” x 36”, NYC

 

Portrays a stunning and powerful African-American female with a sequence of three figures overlapping each other. Each of them representing a different moment and a different mood, instants in time. The veil over her head sanctifies the figures elevating their presence against the bright lapis lazuli background.

 

This painting belongs to "Our Time" – a series of paintings that intend to reinforce the awareness of our contemporary period in which People of Color, Female, Immigrant and LGBTQ people emerge over the American Society to fight for equal opportunities in life, waiting for the hour when minorities cease to exist separately from the rest of the society.

Her Hour - Yolanda Balanyá

 2017, oil on canvas, 24” x 36”, NYC

 

Portrays a beautiful, exotic, spanish, pregnant mulatta wearing a white veil in reference to the Virgin Mary.

 

This painting belongs to "Our Time" – a series of paintings that intend to reinforce the awareness of our contemporary period in which People of Color, Female, Immigrant and LGBTQ people emerge over the American Society to fight for equal opportunities in life, waiting for the hour when minorities cease to exist separately from the rest of the society.

His Hour (The Fall of Meek) – Mikyail Hassan Sessom

2017, oil on canvas, 60” x 36”, NYC

 

Portrays a sequence of three naked tattooed torsos of a young Black/Hispanic man. The figure in the center appears nitid (more present), compared to the others that fade away, as if those were moments in time. The idea of time is reinforced by a few things: the circular gesture of the bodies overlapping each other with layers of transparency; the figures positioned on the canvas as an analog clock´s face, the heads of the young man equivalent to the 11, 12, 1, 2 and 3 dials and the hummingbirds equivalent to the remaining 4 to 10 dials; and the hummingbirds themselves play with the cartoonish idea of birds spinning above a head; all validating the idea of time, his/her/their time.

 

This painting belongs to "Our Time" – a series of paintings that intend to reinforce the awareness of our contemporary period in which People of Color, Female, Immigrant and LGBTQ people emerge over the American Society to fight for equal opportunities in life, waiting for the hour when minorities cease to exist separately from the rest of the society.

Rabbits Watch

2016, oil on canvas, 40"x 60"

 

Rabbits Watch portraits two main similar figures, gazelle heads on female bodies sitting down with the legs wide open, these are the symbolic hands of a clock marked by the rabbits on the painting. One of the figures appears more nitid in the center of the painting overlapping a circle on the top part of the background, and an ellipse on the bottom part of the background, creating a powerful symmetric image. The other figure, on the left, although less nitid, appears bigger. Both gazelle heads stare at us while holding rabbits (holding time itself). The darker tone on the lower right side of the painting, balances the figure on the left. This painting alludes to the fantastic and cult, and the idea of time and fertility are represented in a metaphorical way. 

Selfportrait (a matter of time)

oil on canvas 38" x 62", 2014

 

Self-Portrait (a matter of time) shows a duplicated image of the artist sitting down on the floor holding a rabbit by the ears. These images overlap each other creating the idea of transparency in which becomes hard to guess whichever appears on top. We can tell that each of these figures belong to a slightly different instant by looking at the time marked on their necklace clocks. On the background, a dark diagonal stripe crosses the canvas from left to right opposing the direction in which the figures were painted, creating a sense of balance throughout the composition. The figures are waiting of a time to come, holding the rabbits as a tribute to the future. Creating that way a reference to Alice in Wonderlands white rabbit fictional character, always in a rush looking at the clock.  
Family Portrait

oil on canvas, 24" x 30", 2015

Anubis

oil on canvas, 18" x 27", 2014 

Minotaur

oil on canvas, 18" x 27", 2014 

Warecat

oil on canvas, 18" x 27", 2014  

Pig-man

oil on canvas, 18" x 27", 2014  

Hanuman

oil on canvas, 18" x 27", 2014  

Medusa

oil on canvas, 18" x 27", 2014  

Susanna & Joey American Gothic

(commissioned artwork) oil on canvas, 24" x 30", 2015, courtesy of Susanna FelixDiaz Brown.

 

José

oil on wood panel, 24"x36", 2013 

 

[This artwork was stolen at the exhibition site, no longer existing, Pão! Restaurant in NYC, it portraits the chef of that same restaurant - José.]

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Dual
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Segment
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Abbreviation
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Shadow
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View
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Spell
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Beauty
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Misrepresentation
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Melancholy
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Similar
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Knowledge
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Theatrical
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Rage
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