JCO’S Art Haus is thrilled to present a retrospective of work by José Gonçalves (b. 1963, Brazil): Reflections. Including 7 new compositions and a selected showing of our favorite pieces from years past. It might be too simple to say that José’s work is the reflection of the world around him… but it is. He could be inspired by anything: his friends, his home, a particularly great breakfast. His portraits mirror his boyhood memories of watching Hollywood movies and his love for the silver screen divas: Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor. He captures the coolness of their iconic faces, celluloid reflections transcending time. His abstract compositions belie his love for design and his past career as an architect. Strong lines, repeating patterns, intersecting planes... They inspire us, and we hope you join us for REFLECTIONS.
José Gonçalves is a native of Londrina, Brazil, which is a city in the north of the state of Paraná in the Southern Region of the country. He had expressed interest in art as a child, but had an underlying passion for architecture. When the time came, he studied Architecture and Urbanism at the State University of Londrina, Brazil. Throughout this process, his love for art
remained strong, and ultimately José transitioned out of architecture, moving primarily into the art world.He has now had over 23 years of experience as a contemporary artist and continues to make an impact on the world through the beautiful and thought-provoking pieces that he creates.
"When I paint portraits, I am transported back to my fondest boyhood memories: going to the cinema to watch classic Hollywood movies.I love painting the silver screen actresses, the “divas” of the cinema, like Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor. They fascinated me, and always have. When I translate their faces onto my canvas, I try to make them look as if they are on the poster for a classic film."
"Edward Hopper is one of my favorite American artists. Phillies is a reinterpretation of his iconic scene, Nighthawks. I placed the woman in a corset in the foreground to add a sense of surrealism and confusion, as I myself felt lost and confused when I first saw Nighthawks. How did the characters get here? What happened to them? What would happen next?"
"When I start an abstract painting, I always think that the process will be restful: less demanding, less effort than a figurative painting or a portrait. But it’s funny because an abstract always demands more from me. But I love painting them because they represent my past career as an architect and my love for design."