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Executed in 2003, this work by American painter John Sonsini belongs to the artist's ongoing series of works depicting day laborers of Hispanic heritage. Sonsini pays workers their typical hourly wage to sit for his portraits, bringing a class dynamic into the creative process; however, the works are not overtly politicized. In "Jose Gomez," the subject is portrayed with the neutral expression and shoulders-up framing of a passport photograph (a possible reference the controversial immigration issues under debate in America), while a subdued palette and detailed brushwork bring the eponymous Gomez's humanity to the fore. The canvas is signed by both the artist and the sitter on verso, and measures 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm).

John Sonsini (American, b.1950) is an American painter best known for his expressive oil portraits of Hispanic workers. Sonsini received his BA from California State University in 1975. He has had recent solo exhibitions at ACME in Los Angeles (2008 and 2010), James Kelley Contemporary in Santa Fe, NM (2011), Inman Gallery in Houston, TX (2012), Kucera Gallery in Seattle, WA (2012), and Bentley Gallery in Phoenix, AZ (2013). His work is represented in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Provenance:
  • Cheim & Read Gallery, New York, NY; Private collection, USA
  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.64 cm.)
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