Brian Calvin

  • , Untitled, 2019
    Pastel on paper
    40,5 x 36,7 cm (framed)
    16 x 14 1/2 in (framed)
  • , Ghost, 2019
    Acrylic on canvas
    177,8 x 142,2 cm
    70 x 56 in
  • , Untitled, 2018
    Ink, marker and color pencil on paper
    48,5 x 56 cm (framed)
    19 1/8 x 22 in (framed)
  • , Fugue, 2019
    Acrylic on canvas
    177,8 x 457,2 cm
    70 x 180 in
  • , Untitled, 2019
    Pastel on paper
    40,5 x 36,7 cm (framed)
    16 x 14 1/2 in (framed)
  • , Untitled, 2019
    Pastel on paper
    40,5 x 36,7 cm (framed)
    16 x 14 1/2 in (framed)
  • , Some Distance, 2019
    Acrylic on canvas
    142,2 x 177,8 cm
    56 x 70 in
  • , Untitled, 2018
    Ink and color pencil
    34,5 x 34,5 cm (framed)
    13 5/8 x 13 5/8 in (framed)
  • , Untitled, 2018
    Ink and color pencil on paper
    34,5 x 30 cm (framed)
    13 5/8 x 11 3/4 in (framed)
  • , Untitled, 2018
    Ink, marker and color pencil on paper
    48,5 x 52,5 cm (framed)
    19 1/8 x 20 5/8 in (framed)
  • , Others, 2019
    Acrylic on canvas
    45,7 x 45,7 cm
    18 x 18 in
  • , Untitled, 2018
    Ink and color pencil on paper
    40,5 x 18,9 cm (framed)
    16 x 7 1/2 in (framed)
  • , Subduction, 2019
    Acrylic on canvas
    142,2 x 213,4 cm
    56 x 84 in
  • , Untitled, 2018
    Ink and color pencil on paper
    34,5 x 41 cm (framed)
    13 5/8 x 16 1/8 in (framed)
  • , Untitled, 2018
    Ink and color pencil on paper
    34,5 x 42,7 cm (framed)
    13 5/8 x 16 3/4 in (framed)
  • , Untitled, 2018
    Ink and color pencil on paper
    34,7 x 41 cm (framed)
    13 5/8 x 16 1/8 in (framed)
  • , Untitled, 2018
    Ink, color pencil and pastel on paper
    48,5 x 51 cm (framed)
    19 1/8 x 20 1/8 in (framed)
  • , Group Thinking, 2019
    Acrylic on canvas
    142,2 x 177,8 cm
    56 x 70 in
  • , Proscenium, 2019
    Acrylic on canvas
    182,9 x 274,3 cm
    72 x 108 in
  • , Untitled, 2018
    Ink, marker and color pencil on paper
    48,5 x 46 cm (framed)
    19 1/8 x 18 1/8 in (framed)
  • , Untitled, 2018
    Ink and color pencil on paper
    48,5 x 58,3 cm (framed)
    19 1/8 x 23 in (framed)
  • , Untitled, 2018
    Ink and color pencil on paper
    40,5 x 36,7 cm (framed)
    16 x 14 1/2 in (framed)
  • , Untitled, 2018
    Ink and color pencil
    34,5 x 41 cm (framed)
    13 5/8 x 16 1/8 in (framed)
  • , Untitled, 2019
    Ink and color pencil
    34,5 x 42,7 cm (framed)
    13 5/8 x 16 3/4 in (framed)
  • , Untitled, 2018
    Ink and color pencil on paper
    34,5 x 41,7 cm (framed)
    13 5/8 x 16 3/8 in (framed)
  • , Untitled, 2018
    Ink and color pencil on paper
    56 x 48,5 cm (framed)
    22 x 19 1/8 in (framed)
  • , Untitled, 2018
    Ink and color pencil on paper
    56 x 48,5 cm (framed)
    22 x 19 1/8 in (framed)
  • , A Little Background, 2019
    Acrylic on canvas
    Diameter 152,4 cm / 60 in
  • , Façade, 2019
    Façade, 2019
    Acrylic on canvas
    284,5 x 177,8 cm
    112 x 70 in
  • , Untitled, 2018
    Pencil and pastel on pastel board
    63,7 x 53,5 cm (framed)
    25 1/8 x 21 1/8 in (framed)
  • , Puff, 2018
    Acrylic on canvas
    56 1/8 x 70 1/8 inches
    142,6 x 178,1 cm
  • , Up Front and Over There, 2016
    Acrylic on canvas
    177,8 x 142,2 cm
    70 x 56 inches
  • , The Lung (The Hunch), 2015
    The Lung (The Hunch), 2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    182,9 x 121,9 cm
    72 x 48 inches
  • , New Bloom, 2017
    acrylic on canvas
    182,9 x 116,8 cm
    72 x 46 inches
  • , Cold Bloom, 2017
    acrylic on canvas
    213,4 x 142,2 cm
    84 x 56 inches
  • , Right Here and Over There, 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    177,8 x 152,4 cm
    70 x 60 inches
  • , Averted Eye, 2016
    acrylic on canvas
    182,9 x 116,8 cm
    72 x 46 inches
  • , Gesture, 2016
    acrylic on canvas
    152,4 x 121,9 cm
    60 x 48 inches
  • , Hand, 2016
    acrylic on canvas
    61 x 61 cm
    24 x 24 inches
  • , Pinky, 2012/2016
    oil on canvas
    137,1 x 121,9 cm
    54 x 48 inches
  • , Looking (In and Out), 2017
    acrylic on canvas, diptych
    101,6 x 76,2 cm chaque
    40 x 30 inches each
  • , Looking (In and Out), 2017
    acrylic on canvas, diptych
    101,6 x 76,2 cm chaque
    40 x 30 inches each
  • , Extra, 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    142,2 x 177,8 cm
    56 x 70 inches
  • , Revelation, 2017
    acrylic on canvas
    152,4 x 121,9 cm
    60 x 48 inches
  • , The Point !, 2017
    acrylic on canvas
    152,4 x 152,4 cm
    60 x 60 inches
  • , Curtains, 2017
    acrylic on canvas
    152,4 x 152,4 cm
    60 x 60 inches
  • , Backstage, 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    152,4 x 152,4 cm
    60 x 60 inches
  • , Eye (I), 2017
    acrylic on canvas
    142,2 x 213,4 cm
    56 x 84 inches
  • , Eye (II), 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    142,2 x 213,4 cm
    56 x 84 inches
  • , Stroll, 2017
    Acrylic on wood
    218,44 x 17,78 cm
    86 x 7 inches
  • , Sitter (I), 2015
    Acrylic on wood
    231,1 x 55,9 x 83,8 cm
    91 x 22 x 33 inches
  • , Sitter (II), 2015
    acrylic on wood
    231,1 x 55,9 x 83,8 cm
    91 x 22 x 33 inches
  • , TBT, 2017
    Charcoal on paper
    61 x 45,7 cm
    24 x 18 inches
  • , TBT, 2017
    Charcoal on paper
    43,2 x 34,3 cm
    17 x 13 1/2 inches
  • , TBT, 2017
    Charcoal on paper
    27,9 x 34,3 cm
    11 x 13 1/2 inches
  • , Mouthfeel, 2015
    Acrylic on linen
    45,72 x 60,96 cm
    18 x 24 inches
  • , Mouthfeell, 2015
    Acrylic on linen
    45,72 x 60,96 cm
    18 x 24 inches
  • , Mouthfeel, 2015
    Acrylic on linen
    45,72 x 60,96 cm
    18 x 24 inches
  • , Mouthfeel, 2015
    Acrylic on linen
    45,72 x 60,96 cm
    18 x 24 inches
  • , Mouthfeel, 2015
    Acrylic on linen
    45,72 x 60,96 cm
    18 x 24 inches
  • , Mouthfeel, 2015
    Acrylic on linen
    45,72 x 60,96 cm
    18 x 24 inches
  • , Unseen Seas, 2016
    Acrylic, sand and burlap on panel
    50,8 x 40,64 cm
    20 x 16 inches
  • , Unseen Seas, 2016
    Acrylic and sand on canvas
    25,4 x 20,32 cm
    10 x 8 inches
  • , Unseen Seas, 2016
    Acrylic, sand and burlap on panel
    50,8 x 40,64 cm
    20 x 16 inches
  • , Unseen Seas, 2016
    Acrylic, sand and burlap on panel
    50,8 x 40,64 cm
    20 x 16 inches
  • , Unseen Seas, 2016
    Acrylic and sand on linen
    60,96 x 45,72 cm
    24 x 18 inches
  • , Unseen Seas, 2016
    Acrylic and sand on linen
    60,96 x 45,72 cm
    24 x 18 inches
  • , Unseen Seas, 2016
    Acrylic and sand on linen
    60,96 x 45,72 cm
    24 x 18 inches
  • , Unseen Seas, 2016
    Acrylic and sand on linen
    60,96 x 45,72 cm
    24 x 18 inches
  • , Unseen Seas, 2014
    Acrylic and sand on linen
    76,2 x 60,96 cm
    30 x 24 inches
  • , Unseen Seas, 2015
    Acrylic and sand on canvas over panel
    91,44 x 60,96 cm
    36 x 24 inches
  • , Sky Sea Sand, 2014-2016
    Acrylic and sand on canvas
    182,88 x 121,92 cm
    72 x 48 inches
  • , Les Petits Fumeurs, 2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    91,44x 60,96 cm
    36 x 24 inches
  • , Another Smoke, 2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    213,36 x 142,24 cm
    84 x 56 inches
  • , Procession, 2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    142,24 x 177,8 cm
    56 x 70 inches
  • , Elsewhere, 2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    182,88 x 116,84 cm
    72 x 46 inches
  • , Sweater Weather, 2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    177,8 x 142,24 cm
    70 x 56 inches
  • , Still Looking, 2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    142,24 x 177,8 cm
    56 x 70 inches
  • , Looking, 2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    121,92 x 182,88 cm
    48 x 72 inches
  • , Rare Air, 2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    177,8 x 177,8 cm
    70 x 70 inches
  • , Offering, 2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    142,24 x 213,36 cm
    56 x 84 inches
  • , Amnesia, 2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    213,36 x 142,24 cm
    84 x 56 inches
  • , Pale magnolia, 2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    121,9 x 152,4 cm
  • , Tuesday, 2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    213,4 x 142,2 cm
  • , Above and Beyond, 2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    182,9 x 116,8 cm
  • , Circular Breathing, 2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    127 x 127 cm
  • , Last Looks, 2013
    Oil and acrylic on canvas
    101 x 76 cm
  • , Seven Seven, 2014
    Acrylic on canvas
    198 x 122 cm

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.”


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