Portraits on Canvas

Selected Works

James Koskinas Face With Ochre V
Face with Ochre V
57″ X 47.5″ Acrylic on Canvas

My portraits seem as if they are phasing in and out of existence.  I wait until a personality shows and the painting vibrates with its own life. 

There are always surprises in my work.  I respond to them as best I can.

james koskinas Face with Orange, 51.5 X 37, framed 54 X 39.5, acrylic on canvasFace With Orange
51.5″ X  37″ Acrylic on Canvas

They are visitors whom I welcome to my life for as long as they wish to stay. 

James Koskinas Portrait With YellowPortrait With Yellow
48″ X 36″ Acrylic on Canvas

james koskinas girl in black dress vGirl in Black Dress V
65″ X 55″ Acrylic on Canvas

Most of my work never makes it to the finish line.  Sometimes I have 4 or 5 faces in the same painting. 

james koskinas girl with orange ivGirl With Orange IV
48″ X 36″ Acrylic on Canvas

James Koskinas Portrait with Blue, 48 X 36, acrylic canvasPortrait With Blue
48″ X  36″ Acrylic on Canvas

james koskinas Face with Ochre IIIFace With Ochre III
83″ X 60″ Acrylic on Canvas

James Koskinas Girl with Yellow, 48 X 36, acrylic canvasGirl With Yellow
48″ X  36″ Acrylic on Canvas

James Koskinas Girl with White and Ochre, 40 X 30, acrylic on canvasGirl With White And Ochre 
40″ X  30″ Acrylic on Canvas

Princess With Blue
40″ X 30″ Acrylic on Canvas

koskinas Girl with Blue IV, 48 X 36, acrylic canvasGirl With Blue IV
48″ X 36″ Acrylic on Canvas

Milo abstract figurative portrait by James Koskinas
Milo
56″ X 44″ Acrylic on Canvas

Portraits by James Koskinas

Faces are one of my primary subjects, part of my quest to know the human condition.  I attempt to paint as automatically as possible, intending to bring forth elements of my unconscious.  I add layers of paint until the original painting has been covered over many times, working rapidly.  Influenced by Native American mythology, I see the role of artist as akin to shaman, trusting my instincts and freeing the portrait from the customary restraints that painting imposes. 

I like building faces and then watching them go wild.  I like to bring them back and reassemble them in some order.  I like to collect the scattered pieces and fragments of a nose here, an eye, a mouth and the reassembly is not always realistic.  On the contrary, the usual order I start out with changes continually, finally revealing a personality or essence I am looking for.  Then I know the painting is done. 

-James Koskinas

Julie Schumer Dialogue With Black