Piece description from the artist
I wasn't sure about this pose when I started it, but now I'm in love with those thoughtful eyes. I used five different stencils in this painting, in order to try and create some illusion of light and depth. I wanted to use browns to create a sepia tone, and I really loved the way the gradual red fade in the background complimented them. I hope I captured some essence of the art nouveau style; I like using modern techniques and materials to create a classical feel.
I used seven different color Montana Gold Spray Paints, on a 16"x20" canvas for this piece. As with all of my canvas pieces, it's signed on the bottom.
Growing up as the son of an artist, John Contrado spent his entire life surrounded by beauty and creativity. His father's passion and love of art is what inspired John to start creating art of his own.
Spray paint and stencils became a natural fit for John because he is constantly tweaking and fine tuning during the art-making process. When he is designing and cutting stencils, for instance, he can make all the adjustments he wants before the paint ever touches the canvas. John considers this process of stenciling to be ninety percent preparation, and ten percent presentation; if it looks easy or effortless to the casual observer, John feels that he has been successful.