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LOS ANILLOS (The Rings)
© 2001 Keith Halonen    oil on panel    36¼×22½ in /
92×57 cm    $ 16,500 US
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LOS ANILLOS is one of four paintings featured in Methods and Materials,
Christopher Willard's monthly column, in the May 2002 issue of
AMERICAN ARTIST magazine. The other three paintings:
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     Continuing on in my new direction, I regard this painting as a still life in a truer sense of the phrase than is normally applied. Its dynamic aspect is implicit in the presence of such an unusual number of rings, including even a thumb ring. This is not so much a painting of a person although it is charged with the potential of a human being's physicality. Because there is a model depicted, I wonder whether this painting will be accepted as a still life.

     When I first determined to move in this direction, I had decided that I wanted to paint portraits of objects. That was the actual phrase that ran through my mind at the time and it still best describes my intention. The objects that I choose to depict for this series must suggest some intrinsic force not usually present in typical still life paintings.



Detail from LOS ANILLOS

     Here again, in keeping with a central idea of Hypermodern Realism, that the artist's subject matter should be personal, these rings belong to my wife. The hand model wore fewer and entirely different rings. After photographing the model, my main challenge in the composition was to translate the rings into the context and lighting conditions of the model's pose.

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