Self-portrait of Alan Feltus 2012
I stumbled on this artist's work by chance and rather love it.
Alan Feltus was born in Washington DC in 1943. He was educated at Yale and later the Cooper Union before attending the Tyler School of Fine Arts, Philadelphia in 1961. He has been a working artist ever since. In 1987 he left the US and moved to Assisi, Italy in 1987.
Apparently, he doesn't work from models but constructs these intimate scenarios from his imagination, often spending many months on each painting.
He says of his method:
“I am guided by instinct as I watch what evolves on the canvas, nothing is planned, anything can happen, but the changes that happen are within the context of my paintings over decades of painting this way. This is how most painters work. What unfolds is from within. In that sense it is personal.”
You can clearly see his love of Italian Renaissance paintings, no wonder he moved to Italy. His work is widely collected and present in many museums . I can certainly see why. They are delightful.
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