History in colors of Puerto Rican Painters - (johnny Alvarez)

In this gallery you will see a small sample of the variety of color used by different Puerto Rico native painters  throughout different time periods.

A Spanish inspired architectural indoor patio filled with different types of plants and flowers. Here the painter uses a lot of pink and yellow tones. The painter uses horizontal and straight vertical lines to create main pictures. There is a combination of three different shapes, geometric, organic, and static. The painter also used three-dimensional space when creating his art. This piece of art is bright with little yet well placement of shadows. The proportions are well executed and give a realistic look at the patio. The texture is a balance between smooth and rough giving the painting a feel of realism. The painter places emphasis on the garden and pattern are repeated numerous times to fill the patio with leaves. The proportions are sensible and it creates a unity in the painting giving the viewer a harmonizing feeling while looking at this Canvas.
A night, mountainous landscape in the Puerto Rican town of Corozal with a small wooden house and tin roof on the lower right and Illuminated by a full moon on the upper left. Jagged lines create clouds on the background. Smooth diagonal stroked create smooth lines on the mountains with some thick line giving hill shapes. While most of the picture is still there is a sense of clouds rolling in. The artist uses analogous colors such as green and blue through most of his painting with some hints of yellows. A dark contrast gives a sentimental feel to the canvas. The artist places emphasis on the house and the hills around it and it gives a three-dimensional space by using hills and the skyline as a background. The painting feels a bit unbalance as most of the heavy painting is on the left side.
Portrait of 2 girls dressed in white in a room at their house. The painter uses square style of color selection. While the girls are dressed in white the actual main color scheme is pink. A well balance between saturation and contrast. A complex use of texture give the painting a realistic look. Emphasis on the girls in the center this is a still image. On their dresses there is a pattern that is repeated all through their dresses. Proportions are representing a three-dimensional space with a unity of colors creating a harmonious image.
An oil on canvas Portrait of legendary Puerto Rican Poet Julia de Burgos on a black and white tiles and a secondary image slightly different with earthy toned tiles at the bottom left smaller scale times in different color. Notice the horizontal and vertical lines that create all the squares or tile like images. In each tile there are some smooth curvy lines, some have diagonal lines, and some straight lines. Other squares are solid on a color while other have patterns that repeat all through the painting. The artist juxtaposed different shapes to create the facial expressions on the faces. Using positive and negative space he creates a 2 dimensional image, however notice the two squares on the faces with the use of a thick line he creates a shadow effect that gives the image a three-dimensional feel on that area. The emphasis of this image is the lady’s facial expressions. Patterns are repetitious through the entire work of art. These patterns are strategically positioned to create the image of Julia the Burgos
The portrait of a well-dressed woman, likely a musician sitting on a bench at the beach with an overcast sky. Flowers surround her while the sea and buildings at a distance merges with a cloudy sky to create the background. While static there is a sense of dynamic shape on top of the clouds give a feeling of incoming movement towards the coast. A three-dimensional space creates realism to this painting. The majority of color combination in this art is analogous (blues, greens, yellows). This picture is symmetrically balance. Although the lady at the beach is the obvious focus of this painting there is something to be said about her face and the use of lighting to emphasize it. A still image with no movement represented throughout. Patterns and repetition is minimal but it is noticeable on the small leaves to the left and right of the woman. The proportions between the lady and the buildings in the distance create a realistic view relative between the two.
This painting seems to be of a small house or slaughter house notice the tables and the weight station on the shack also look at what it seems to be a cow leg hanging from it. This is old timey depiction of what life would had been in Puerto Rico. A barrel on the lower left of the frame and three dogs seeking for possible scraps under the dried up leaves. While the big barn seems to be the main point of attraction the cow leg hanging from a rope is indeed the main focal point. Due to its red colors and its appearance. The curvy lines on the leg along with the red and white diagonal lines at the bottom gives the viewer a sense of wonder while trying to figure out what it is. The dogs are painted using curved lines, the leave are organic to the picture. The space tight and busy with many colors of the spectrum. Pattern repetition is obvious on the bottom to create dry leaves and on the top to create leaves of the palm trees. There is an unbalanced feel to the picture as most of the heavy painting is done around the farm.
The portrait of a small boy dresses on a see thru robe standing in front of a black background. The boy is holding a toy bird. Curvy lines give the hair a realistic look and the horizontal lines to create realistic clothing. The shape is organic creating an almost real small boy. The color pink is use throughout the skin. Notice the combination of white and pink on this clothing near his arm to create a natural light versus shadow effect. Balanced by the use of a black canvas creating a huge contrast between background and the main subject. The patterns are very detailed in his clothing. This is a still image lacking rhythm
This picture shows two men, one on a horse, the other walking across the bridge that crosses the Portugués River. A variety of vegetation, weeds and tall trees fill the picture against the barely clouded blue sky. Organic lines give life to the fauna in this picture. Curved lines used to create smooth clouds. Much like the lines the shape is organic. The space is three-dimensional and with a sense of reality. The Analogous scheme is harmonious and pleasing to look at. There is a contrast between the sky and the shade provided by the Ceiba trees near the bridge. The texture varies thru the painting the road, tree trunk, leaves and the cloudy sky. All have a different textured feel.
This painting is portrait of a mother and daughter. The daughter’s skin is a bit brighter than her mother’s depicting youth. Both dressed in black with white blouses. A dark green-black background fills the frame. Smooth lines shape the women’s clothing and organic lines shape their faces. The women are static. The space is two-dimensional and most of the almost two thirds of the picture is filled with positive space. The painter uses triadic scheme using red as the main color, yellow as the supporting color, and blue as a secondary color. Take a closer look at the mother’s face and neck to see the use of the three colors. The dominant visual element in this picture is the faces of the ladies in the painting. A look at the daughter’s broach around her collar and you will see how the painter used the contrast of black and white and copper with orange to give the broach a sense of realism.
This painting From Francisco Oller presents the viewer a sugar mill. The sugar mill on the right and light dark smoke coming out of the tall brick chimney. A water trailer and a man moving a steer. A rooster and a few hens walking freely. A hut and the main living house on the farm. The straight horizontal lines to create walls gives a genuine representation of the wood used around that time. Smooth curvy lines to give the roof of the hut a very organic feel. A variety of shapes are represented in the canvas, circular shapes, rectangles, squares, triangles and other shapes to give organic life in the picture. The painter keeps your eyes moving thru the painting with the use of different textures and emphasizing in the three-dimensional look. Although the painting is busy with different elements you could focus on the chimney as the tallest man built element. The painter creates flowing lines that are subliminal starting from the left until you reach the house. The “jibaro” walking the steer and the chickens are also moving. The patter in the hut is repeated. This entire painting has a sense of completeness.
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