Wheat Field with Cypresses

Kevin Rifenburg

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Kevin Rifenburg

Title

Masked / Socially Distanced Selfie

Medium

Oil on Canvas

Year

L (in)

24

H (in)

26

Price

$700

Artwork Details

The Selfie and the urge to capture oneself in all various aspects of daily living takes precedence, distracting us from more important duties. Subsequently, this cultural phenomena has pushed my practice of painting to portraiture, specifically individual self, and those I’m closest too—family and friends—and paint that instantaneous emotional response. Keeping in mind contemporary painter, Chuck Close, and his early photo-realistic portrait paintings, my current work is a response to the Selfie, and an attempt to understand the necessity to expose and reveal oneself on social media.Prompted to take a selfie and share, my friends are than portrayed in a blown up—in your face—hyper realistic manner. For some observers, the portraits take on a humorous tone. Paint is the vehicle for developing communication with the portrait. Pigment and brushstroke slowly but surely reveal the snapshot. Monochromatic backgrounds are simple, spontaneous reactions I have to the individual’s expression.

Artist Bio

In 1987 I graduated from Red Hook High School, a small district nestled in upstate New York, and was surprisingly awarded the scholarship for student who would pursue a career in art. I was thrilled. The award ignited my passion to be an artist, and thus began the necessary steps to fulfill my desire to successfully do it professionally. Over thirty years I have spent considerable time perfecting my abilities, learning and expanding on my knowledge as a painter and printmaker. I have also taken the opportunity to obtain my MFA, while at the same time supporting myself financially in the non-for-profit sector, caring for emotionally disabled children associated with Astor Services for Children & Families. The desire to create began when I was a young boy. As I reflect back on my childhood, much of my idle time was spent drawing and coloring. My feelings, thoughts, and imagination were transferred onto paper. Receptive to what was being created and ultimately communicated, my wonderful works of expression were displayed by my parents on the kitchen refrigerator. Boredom, confused thoughts through my developmental stages, an inability to effectively communicate my wants and desires, and the shear magnitude of parental recognition have laid the groundwork for my artistic pursuits, thus driving and stimulating the urge to render, communicate, and share what can’t be articulated.Given the complexities of my world and the various demands I face, my imagery is a display of my experiences. Much like an individual wears their emotions on their sleeve, I look to share what it is I’m feeling as I reflect on what makes me. In this complicated world, the ability to give and derive passion is limited. As a result, the act of painting becomes a profound necessity, where I look to share, connect and touch those who view my work. Painting remains a potent language for how we share our thoughts, feelings, and ideas. My figurative oil paintings are a means of expressing the multiple roles I occupy—father, expressive arts teacher, and artist. For me, painting has become a means for dealing with life—all its splendor, its unpredictability, and the countless ups and downs.

Oil on Canvas

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