Portrait of Vicki and Kent Logan

Portrait of Vicki and Kent Logan

2009
Artist
Enrique Martínez Celaya, Cuban, 1964
Born: Havana, Cuba
Work Locations: Los Angeles, CA
Object
painting
Medium
Oil paint and wax on canvas
Accession Number
2016.59
Credit Line
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
(c) Enrique Martínez Celaya
Dimensions
canvas height: 61 in, 154.9400 cm; canvas width: 78 in, 198.1200 cm
Department
Modern and Contemporary Art
Collection
Modern and Contemporary Art

Enrique Martinez Celaya’s works represent an ongoing search for meaning, by exploring the cause and effect of living and understanding. In “Portrait of Vicki and Kent Logan,” Celaya depicts two sitters, Vicki and Kent Logan, along with what one can assume is the couple’s dog. Seated in front of a neutral grayish-brown background, the group faces the viewer head-on, providing a point of connection to the work. A strong vertical line of a lighter neutral color slices through the center of the work, interrupted by various white circular applications of paint. This break in the canvas appears almost as a road, full of cars with their headlights on, extending through the work and merging with the portrayed sitters. 

Enrique Martínez Celaya was born in Havana, Cuba in 1964. Five years after the end of the Cuban Revolution, he immigrated to Spain in 1972. Three years later, he and his family moved to Puerto Rico. He holds a B.S. in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from Cornell University (1986), an M.S. in Quantum Physics from the University of California, Berkeley (1989), and a M.F.A. in Painting and Sculpture from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1994).

© Enrique Martínez Celaya

Known Provenance
Purchased from Sara Meltzer Gallery by Vicki and Kent Logan, 2009; gifted to Denver Art Museum 2016
Exhibition History
  • “Stampede: Animals in Art” — Denver Art Museum, 9/10/2017

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