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Let’s celebrate the chaos: Moving Day + art by Alex Kanevsky

August 13, 2013

Paintings of Alex Kanevsky    Hello!   When we moved from Texas to Charleston I featured the work of Alex Kanevsky.  His paintings perfectly encapsulated what I was seeing and feeling in my own home: beauty in chaos.  Packing, boxes, piles, stacks, colors, textures, shapes jumbled up together – making their way to a new home.  Well, the same thing is happening today as we move into our new home in down town Greenville, SC, and again, Alex’s work rings true in my mind.

Kanevsky is one of the many artists that delight in painting the ordinary, but he is one of the few that elevate and distort the ordinary scenes found in day-to-day life into something beautifully original and appealing.  He has a way of seeing beauty in the chaos, and also, adding his unique distortion and perspective on the orderly.  I love the rushed, colorful, scattered, high-contrast, and “drawn” characteristics in these paintings.

Painting by artist  Alex Kanevsky

Painting by artist  Alex Kanevsky

“The moment something works well and is under control – is the time to give it up and try something else.”  – Alex Kanevsky

This quote has stuck with me since reading it about two years ago and it’s something I’ve noticed happening naturally in my life.  Comfort in your craft and in your art often leads to stale and formulated artwork.  And no one likes stale art – now do they?

Painting by artist  Alex Kanevsky

And now – once again, I’m back to un-packing!  I can’t wait to share our new little home with you!  But, for now, enjoy more work by Alex Kanevsky.


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  1. August 13, 2013 10:22 am

    thanks so much for posting these works Emily – a real shot to the senses. I did a still life of the dishes waiting to be washed a little while ago I see I am not going far enough – this is far more embracing of real life – rather than the constrained magazine interiors we are served up (and which I for one devour and indulge in as a type of somnolent being!)

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  2. August 13, 2013 7:14 pm

    Love it. I know all too well the chaos of moving, which is why I’ve been so reluctant to move in the past few years. Good luck my dear, and thanks for sharing this wonderful artist with all of us! I agree that you kind of have to be uncomfortable and chaotic in order to be creative…life (in general) should be lived the same way!

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  3. August 13, 2013 10:11 pm

    I love these too! Hit a chord with me as I am also moving!

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    • August 14, 2013 9:23 pm

      Me too, I’m ruminating about my new garden today – not entirely mine until the end of September when Spring will introduce a whole new side to our purchase, no doubt. Love the interior chaos in paint; something to look forward to!

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  4. August 17, 2013 3:39 pm

    I too am in the middle of a move…. love these paintings! Thank you!

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  5. August 18, 2013 4:11 pm

    What beautiful art! Awesome!

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  6. September 2, 2013 11:10 am

    Gorgeous paintings

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  7. September 16, 2013 9:16 am

    Gorgeous! Thank you, and I love the Kanevsky quote :)

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