“A brief surge of unabashed joy….”
Jhina Alvarado’s paintings are nostalgic works that reside between Pop and Retro. Her plastic images speak to a time of innocence and simple pleasures. Memories are enjoined on board and executed with surprising precision for this self-taught artist. One can only assume that her mathematical background informs the very calculus of these works with which she employs such remarkable skill. Her works are fun pieces that recall an era, wistfully unencumbered and insulated from the vagrancies of today’s chaotic world.
Jhina’s influences are culled from iconic and often kitschy images of vintage photos from the 1930’s- 1960’s discovered at flea markets and estate sales. She employs both oil and encaustics into her works that define and amplify the anonymous persons that are the subject of her resurrections. There exists in her works a joyous quality, as she encapsulates life’s seemingly candid and often silly moments. Her use of encaustics allows for a polished yet aged aspect to her works that simulate the tone and quality of bygone eras. Typically discarding the traditional employment of backgrounds in her works, Jhina replaces them instead with patterned wallpaper. Her intentional lack of integration within these compositions, amplifies their inherent plasticity. And as a result, manipulates the focus of the viewer to solely attend to her subject. She cuts off the totality of each subject, extending the image outside its borders, and further directing the viewer to respond and fill in that which remains absent, the backstory behind each simulated character. Her utilization of negative space and nonsymmetrical placement within her works heightens the feeling of fleeting and interpersonal reflection, and the untold stories that exist behind each visage. Her efforts evoke the vagueness of a memory or dream.
Jhina Alvarado currently resides in California. Her work is exhibited and collected throughout the United States and has been featured in various international and national magazines, blogs, and art technique books. The Canfin Gallery is pleased to welcome Jhina to our international stable of esteemed and collected artists.