Los Angeles

Jose Maria Dena

Elson-Robyns Gallery

A self-taught Los Angeles artist, Dena shows a large number of very small paintings in which he tries to approximate an anachronistic trecento or quatrocento manner. He works with thinly applied tempera, and often uses a delicate line to define his forms. Usually he does single figures; when these are not children they are more successful than his slightly larger group of studies of angels, whose flight is naively earthbound. He is best in such figures as Lady With Kerchief or Renaissance Study, and a talent for fragile line may be seen in the wash and pencil study, “In Memory of Miss Rowland.”

Nancy Marmer