Filed Under: Emotions, posing as portraits.
Overview: Series of original oil paintings by Texas native and rising star Nicole Kallenberg, capturing the emotional stories of dramatically illuminated, brightly colored subjects using an unforgettably contemporary impressionistic style
Appreciate: Her technique. One of Nicole Kallenberg's primary inspirations is early 17th Century Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, who is famously associated with a technique later dubbed tenebrism, a pronounced application of the chiaroscuro (meaning, light/dark) style. The distinguishing characteristic of tenebrism is marked contrast between dark and light, with the subject almost appearing to be spotlit by a bright but non-obvious light source, and most everything else hidden in shadows. Rembrandt is another master of light/dark techniques, and not surprisingly, is another inspiration to Nicole Kallenberg. Unfortunately for him, Rembrandt's palette was dull compared to Kallenberg's, and he never had Willie Nelson as a subject. Advantage: Nicole Kallenberg
Know: Shown above is Shotgun Willie, an original work (now sold) depicting Texas musical legend Willie Nelson, and named for his 1973 album that introduced the world to "Whiskey River" and other awesome early career jams. Shotgun Willie is one of the few works by Kallenberg that features a man as her subject; a similar music-themed depiction of Jimi Hendrix (commissioned by a private buyer) is another exceptional male subject exception. Otherwise, Kallenberg is more widely known for her portraits of women--in particular, the woman scorned, the woman of strength, and depending on how you perceive them, the woman of strength, albeit scorned. Stunning female-subject examples and favorites of The Diego Files are Rain (sold), and Not a Chance (available as of this writing), both of which make such extraordinary use of light, you'll conclude that light is essentially a secondary subject of the painting. You'll also conclude that Kallenberg doesn't dwell on the homely; her subjects are objectively attractive women, adding to their tragic allure and, frankly, the likelihood that you'll want them hanging on your wall
Special Comments: In 2012 and 2013, select works by Nicole Kallenberg will be featured at the Agora Gallery, a contemporary fine art gallery in New York City, and in 2013 she'll be featured at the ArtVisie Gallery in Amsterdam. If New York and Holland are not in your travel plans, make sure you see her website (link below) to find other exhibitions, and of course to preview an impressive digital portfolio of her work
Cost: Four figures.
See it: Here.