This Friday, the DeSaisset Museum at Santa Clara University is set to open an exhibition that is truly all about the portrait.
The exhibition Face: Portraits by Valentin Popov will be featuring works from this Ukranian-born and Oakland-based artist. The featured works are presented in two-thirds life size on canvases that measures at 28 by 26 inches, and each consisting of portraits of individuals, that have in one way touched the artist’s life. The people featured goes from well-known figures such as guitarist Joe Satriani and curator Robert Flynn Johnson, to those in smaller circles that would include friends, neighbors and personal acquaintances of the artist. The style of these works will range from loosely painted to almost photo-realistic, yet shows the rendering effects of the sitter’s personality. Plus, the works are considered to be a revisit to an idea of portraiture, once made famous by Andy Warhol.
In addition to the portrait featured in this exhibition, there will also be samplings of images from other moments in Povov’s career, thus composing both a history and a generation of contemporary sampling. The Face exhibition will be on view until March 17th, and will reopen to be on view from April 12th to June 30th.