C. Selves
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C. Selves

In my lively oil paintings, my goal is to depict no less than my life, my person, my class, and my generation. I aim to portray my vision of the world in contemporary Spain: personal, humble, and wittily modern. I paint small moments – a flamenco dancer at a town festival, a boy squinting at a computer – that explore various eras and styles. My subjects are vividly present, both in action and voice, and they exist in fully realized environments that offer movement and warmth. People and scenes are painted close at hand, mirroring the emotional nearness of these intimate images; colors are heightened and playful without slipping into overt stylization. While my paintings do occasionally take on a dreamlike quality, it is in subject matter: an apparition of a palette set ablaze, or a portrait of a man whose face is all but hidden by swaths of cloth.

I work primarily with oil on canvas to create figurative paintings and portraiture. I love oils, not only for their colors and textures but for the experience of painting itself. Although I like to work from a scene or model, I also include elements that come from my own imagination. The sense of realism is important to me – one of my proudest moments as an artist was when a bee landed on one of my painted flowers, mistaking it for a real bloom.



C. Selves - Marina Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Marina
Oil on Canvas
13.5" x 18.5"
$3000


Marina
Oil on Canvas
13.5" x 18.5"
$3000
C. Selves - Rambles Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Rambles
Oil on Canvas
9" x 11"
$2500


Rambles
Oil on Canvas
9" x 11"
$2500
C. Selves - Marina Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Marina
Oil on Canvas
9" x 11"
$2000


Marina
Oil on Canvas
9" x 11"
$2000

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