Tuesday, May 31, 2011

small guys


I began making smaller paintings again in January with reference to my collages. I've always been an advocate for the value of smaller works and appreciating the intimate act of producing one. The idea was to create a painting using different colors and various methods of applying paint in the same intuitive manner in which my collages are created.  The specificity of color and formal arrangement is meant to depict portraits of certain people in my life. Relying on the collective memory of them for color and whatever opinion I presently had of the relationship with that person determined the overall feel of the piece.  These ended up being tighter restrictions than I had anticipated. However, the paintings began developing personalities all their own; embodying more ambiguous tones as the process of creating such a work became more developed.


it doesn't work for me, I haven't tried it (evan)
oil on canvas
10x10

evan detail #1
evan detail #2
evan detail #3

there sat down, once, a thing on Henry's heart (matt)
oil on canvas
10x10

matt detail #1
matt detail #2
matt detail #3


do onto others as they do onto you (taylor)
oil on canvas
10x10

taylor detail #1
taylor detail #2
taylor detail #3


sweet prince// angel baby (nick)
oil and acrylic on canvas
10x10

nick detail #1
nick detail #2
nick detail #3



gray areas, if you will (troy)
oil on canvas
12x12

troy detail #1
troy detail #2
troy detail #3

not the mama (dad)
oil and acrylic on canvas
12x12

dad detail #1
dad detail #2
dad detail #3



then they all act like 14 year olds
oil on canvas
8x8

14 detail #1
14 detail #2
14 detail #3

monstre
oil, acrylic and pastel on canvas
12x12

monstre detail #1
monstre detail #2
monstre detail #3

all sadness, grinning into flow
oil on canvas
12x12

monstre detail #1
monstre detail #1
monstre detail #1

Ah daddy, I wanna stay drunk many days
oil and acrylic on canvas
11x14

ah daddy detail #1
ah daddy detail #2
ah daddy detail #3

a beautiful belly
oil on canvas
12x17

belly detail #1
belly detail #2
belly detail #3




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