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Alex Kanevsky

Russian, b. 1963
Alex Kanevsky. Photo by Yoshino @ NOH/WAVE. © Yoshino
Alex Kanevsky. Photo by Yoshino @ NOH/WAVE. © Yoshino

Painter Alex Kanevsky captures movement and time's constant flow in canvases that resist adherence to a single moment, or even a single reading.

Painter Alex Kanevsky captures movement and time’s constant flow in canvases that resist adherence to a single moment, or even a single reading. Like the unreliable nature of memory and the imprecise atmosphere of poetry, Kanevsky’s multilayered works provide more questions than answers. These paintings combine abstraction and figuration in layered, painterly compositions in which the artist strives to convey his own personal, and particular, view of the world with clarity.

Painter Alex Kanevsky captures movement and time’s constant flow in canvases that resist adherence to a single moment, or even a single reading. Like the unreliable nature of memory and the imprecise atmosphere of poetry, Kanevsky’s multilayered works provide more questions than answers. These paintings combine abstraction and figuration in layered, painterly compositions in which the artist strives to convey his own personal, and particular, view of the world with clarity.

 

Kanevsky describes himself as a slow painter who must nevertheless work quickly to maintain a fresh approach to the canvas. His process of painting, rubbing out, and painting over was developed over many years and holds the key to the emotional richness of his work. This creates a kind of palimpsest, in which past iterations and experimentations remain visible beneath the topmost layer of paint. Though Kanevsky paints both from life and from photographs, he relishes most the kinetic energy of live models. He often works with the same models for years at a time, developing a strong sense of their individual form and motion. The figure is central to Kanevsky’s work. They inhabit mysterious landscapes and ambiguous architecture, often composed of wide swaths of color that contain echoes of color field painting. Most often, he focuses on the nude, creating soft, tactile bodies in luscious flesh tones.

  

Born in Russia in 1963, Kanevsky studied theoretical mathematics at Vilnius University in Lithuania before coming to the United States in the early 1980s. He settled in Philadelphia and began painting classes at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in 1989. After receiving a Pew Fellowship in 1997, Kanevsky was able to devote himself to painting full time, and from 2002 to 2017, he served as an adjunct painting instructor at PAFA. The artist has had over twenty solo shows, and has exhibited his work throughout the United States, Canada, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Ireland. He lives and works in New Hampshire.

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Our Curated Guide to Miami Art Fairs, Art Miami

Our Curated Guide to Miami Art Fairs

Art Miami
Artsy, November 22, 2022
Alex Kanevsky: Provocation, Artsy Online Exclusive

Alex Kanevsky: Provocation

Artsy Online Exclusive
4 - 30 April, 2021
Art Grind Podcast, Ep: 45 - Alex Kanevsky & Hollis Heichemer

Art Grind Podcast

Ep: 45 - Alex Kanevsky & Hollis Heichemer
October 30, 2020
20 Picks From The Dallas Art Fair

20 Picks From The Dallas Art Fair

April 24, 2020
Hollis Taggart Showcases Alex Kanevsky’s Fluid Brushstroke, Nudes dominate artist’s signature blend of abstract and figurative

Hollis Taggart Showcases Alex Kanevsky’s Fluid Brushstroke

Nudes dominate artist’s signature blend of abstract and figurative
September 24, 2019
Alex Kanevsky

Alex Kanevsky

Art Movements, Upcoming exhibitions

Art Movements

Upcoming exhibitions
September 13, 2018
Hollis Taggart Opens Third Space in Chelsea Gallery District

Hollis Taggart Opens Third Space in Chelsea Gallery District

September 13, 2018
The Laws of Motion, In-Studio Interview with Alex Kanevsky

The Laws of Motion

In-Studio Interview with Alex Kanevsky
Fall 2017
NYC Gallery Scene, New Shows to Know Opening Through March 12, 2017

NYC Gallery Scene

New Shows to Know Opening Through March 12, 2017
March 9, 2017
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Alex Kanevsky on his exhibition Some Paintings In No Particular Style

Philadelphia and New Hampshire based painter Alex Kanevsky discusses his exhibition Some Paintings In No Particular Style.
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Alex Kanevesky Meditations On Some Colors | Blue

Kanevsky has collaborated with the gallery to create a series of videos, each a meditation on a single color. These videos offer a glimpse into the artist's mind as he discusses the processes behind the works on view.
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Alex Kanevesky Meditations On Some Colors | Flesh

Kanevsky has collaborated with the gallery to create a series of videos, each a meditation on a single color. These videos offer a glimpse into the artist's mind as he discusses the processes behind the works on view.
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Alex Kanevesky Meditations On Some Colors | White

Kanevsky has collaborated with the gallery to create a series of videos, each a meditation on a single color. These videos offer a glimpse into the artist's mind as he discusses the processes behind the works on view.
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Alex Kanevesky Meditations On Some Colors | Red

Kanevsky has collaborated with the gallery to create a series of videos, each a meditation on a single color. These videos offer a glimpse into the artist's mind as he discusses the processes behind the works on view.
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Alex Kanevesky Meditations On Some Colors | Black

Kanevsky has collaborated with the gallery to create a series of videos, each a meditation on a single color. These videos offer a glimpse into the artist's mind as he discusses the processes behind the works on view.

Publications

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Alex Kanevsky, Postcards from a Closet
Alex Kanevsky: Postcards from a Closet
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Alex Kanevsky, Liberation and Disorientation
Alex Kanevsky: Liberation and Disorientation
$ 20.00
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