image: ed canas

image: ed canas

My portraits are folkloric; they strive to capture the essence of a person rather than their physicality, which is merely temporary.  I aim to portray their emotional core, how they may appear in a memory or a dream. I feel that my work is rooted in the human condition, and more specifically pathologies and how they become the foundation of a being.  The portraits can be seen as being a bit ambiguous, this is because I’m always curious about how we play with duality in our lives. I am acutely aware that transitions are omnipresent and I believe because of that my portraits reveal a sense of displacement.  I’m normally operating somewhere between private confession and public entertainment.

Im often moved to paint about love, pain, and tenderness. I use bold color and form as linguistic tools to represent the intangible.  I distort, smudge, and hollow out their features in order to erase this notion of perfection that we strive for as humans and in our art.  The immediacy of my imagery creates a visceral nature to the work, and the reductive visual language lends a sense of intimacy. These faces are broken down to their psychic roots, exposed for all to see.  Ultimately, because of this, my work responds to a desire for human connection by facilitating these investigations into the interior.

I’m an auto didact artist from Washington DC, living and working in Los Angeles.  I work primarily in oil pastels with a penchant for watercolor and graphite powder.  I often employ bold colors and emotive tableau with empirical evidence.

My work has been shown in solo and group exhibits, television broadcasts and print publications.  The work has also made it’s way to institutions and private collections across the U.S. and abroad. 

I am currently self-represented and taking clients on a limited basis.