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Sanya Kantarovsky, The Man with the Black Coat, 2012, oil and watercolor on linen, 34 x 26".

Sanya Kantarovsky

Marc Foxx Gallery

Sanya Kantarovsky, The Man with the Black Coat, 2012, oil and watercolor on linen, 34 x 26".

The paintings of Russian-born, LA-based artist Sanya Kantarovsky are almost irresistibly appealing, even adorable. Modestly scaled mergers of abstract and figurative—or, more to the point, painterly and illustrational—elements, they are executed with a confident ease, a lightness of touch that suggests not just rigor and control but a self-pleasuring frivolity, too. In these works, the paint is often thinly applied and, here and there, wiped or scraped away, leaving voids veiled with the barely there traces of facture, lines and layered color over which the artist has rendered a pictorial mise-en-scène. The sinewy figures that inhabit the schematic architecture of Kantarovsky’s pictorial space are shown engaged in various creative pursuits. In their moody isolation, these characters conform to clichés of the suffering artist, with only the evacuated shapes of their arch

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