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b. 1969, USA

Brian Calvin Biography

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.'

Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, Spring, Almine Rech, Shanghai (17 April—6 June 2020). Courtesy Almine Rech.

Brian Calvin Featured Artworks

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Different Directions by Brian Calvin contemporary artwork
Brian CalvinDifferent Directions, 2019Paint marker and colour pencil on paper
20.3 x 27.9 cm
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Distant Ships by Brian Calvin contemporary artwork
Brian CalvinDistant Ships, 2019Acrylic on canvas
284.5 x 177.8 cm
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Same Direction by Brian Calvin contemporary artwork
Brian CalvinSame Direction, 2019Paint marker and colour pencil on paper
20.3 x 27.9 cm
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The Long Goodbye by Brian Calvin contemporary artwork
Brian CalvinThe Long Goodbye, 2019Acrylic on linen
76.2 x 61 cm
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Puff by Brian Calvin contemporary artwork
Brian CalvinPuff, 2018Acrylic on canvas
142.6 x 178.1 cm
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Sweater Weather by Brian Calvin contemporary artwork
Brian CalvinSweater Weather, 2016Acrylic on canvas
178 x 142 cm
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Procession by Brian Calvin contemporary artwork
Brian CalvinProcession, 2016Acrylic on canvas
142 x 178 cm
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Looking by Brian Calvin contemporary artwork
Brian CalvinLooking, 2016Acrylic on canvas
122 x 183 cm
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Brian Calvin Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Spring at Almine Rech, Shanghai
Closing Soon
17 April–6 June 2020 Group Exhibition Spring Almine Rech, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Summer at Almine Rech, Paris
Upcoming
13 June–1 August 2020 Group Exhibition Summer Almine Rech, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Brian Calvin, Sound at Almine Rech, Shanghai
Closed
10 January–11 April 2020 Brian Calvin Sound Almine Rech, Shanghai

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