KAJAHL: Reviving the Ancient Archives Through Art

KAJAHL: Reviving the Ancient Archives Through Art

Contemporary artists KAJAHL revives historical objects through painting. Working with oil on canvas he creates figures that transcend time, histories and narratives.

KAJAHL’s process entails sifting through history, both amassing and archiving imagery ranging from ancient art, vintage ethnography, historical portraiture and landscape, to strange alternative histories, pseudoscience, and the absurd. In Unearthed Entities, KAJAHL depicts a range of figures such as an alchemist, astronomer, cryptid-like amphibian, high-ranking dignitaries, and a navigational explorer. In this sense, a playful dissonance is achieved in what we would normally presume to be a tradition that depicts heroic leaders from a bygone era.

Pensive Gaze (Turquoise Breastplate) Oil on canvas/panel 32”x24”

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Oil on canvas/panel 36”x30”

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Oil on linen/panel 36”x24”

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Oil on canvas/panel 30”x 24”

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Oil on canvas/panel. 30”x24”

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Oil on canvas/panel. 30” x 22”

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Alchemist II 38”x30” Oil on canvas/panel.

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Oil on canvas/panel. 30”x24”

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Scientific Method Oil on canvas/panel 38”x30”

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Explorer/Navigator II Oil on canvas/panel. 40”x 30”

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Oil on canvas 24”x20”

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Oil on canvas/panel. 16”x16”

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Oil on linen/panel. 24” x 24”

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Oil on linen/panel. 30”x24”

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Oil on linen/panel. 30” x 24” Terrestrial

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Oil on canvas/panel. 24”x20”

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Aquatic / Submerged Oil on Canvas 24”x24”

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Oil on Canvas 30×24 Inches 2014

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Kajahl Portfolio
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