Alex Kanevsky at J. Cacciola Gallery

Alex Kanevsky, A.C. in Blue Bathroom, oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″; courtesy J. Cacciola Gallery

* * *

If a combination of John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins and Francis Bacon– that is to say, unerring expertise, stringent attention to anatomical detail and unseemly isolation– sounds intriguing, then Alex Kanevksy’s paintings fit the bill. His icy dioramas of displaced women supposedly take their inspiration from the Greek myth of Prosperine, but what really matters is an innate knack for oils. Whether he’s jabbing, scraping, slathering or dotting, Kanevsky’s got the touch–there ain’t nothin’he can’t do with the stuff. Like a lot of naturals, Kanevsky is a showoff and, as such, annoying most of the time. But just when you want to give him a dressing down, he sets off sparks–like with the slippery veils of gray and light green halo in A.C. in Blue Bathroom–at which point, you don’t begrudge his ego, you congratulate him for it.

© 2009 Mario Naves

Originally published in the May 2009 edition of City Arts.

Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: