titus kaphar
apr 25, 2010
titus kaphar

‘conclusive’(front & back) by titus kaphar, 2008 (cut canvas oil painting)

artist titus kaphar creates sculptural paintings that reference and comment on canonical representations
of history. kaphar uses traditional materials to recreate or mimic great western artworks found in galleries
around the world. after painting on his canvases kaphar slices, obscures or shreds the works, often
selectively removing elements leaving a void in the piece. the gaps in the work suggest alternative
histories that may have been ignored in the original artworks from the time period. these untold histories
often deal with race, class and sex, revealing the bias of art form the past. beyond their narrative,
kaphar’s work is also quite sculptural, working within the confines of the canvas to create new forms.


‘falling back #2’ by titus kaphar, 2009 (frame, oil on canvas

‘artifact 4’ by titus kaphar, 2009 (gilded frame, crumpled oil painting)

‘kindling’ by titus kaphar, 2008 (cut canvas oil painting)

‘falling back #1’ by titus kaphar, 2009 (frame, oil on canvas)

‘fallen’ by titus kaphar, 2006 (cut canvas oil painting)

‘our mother was always so…’ by titus kaphar, 2009 (oil on canvas)

‘bent over backward’ by titus kaphar, 2005 (cut canvas oil painting)

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