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 La Luz de Jesus Gallery Show 2002

Return to Painting: I cannot say when I restarted painting after my extended, post-graduate lull. The few paintings presented at the end of the Portfolio pages comprised that inactive period, which continued into the early 90s. I first exhibited with low-brow artists in 1998 at The Rico Gallery in Santa Monica, by which time I had made several works found in this section. My slight reputation owed to an article featuring my work that appeared in Art?Alternative Magazine a year or two before that. None of the paintings here were in that article.

The first selection of paintings include those shown in the two-man show (with Scott Musgrove) at La Luz De Jesus Gallery in 2002 in Los Angeles, where I met and compared notes with Robert Williams. There has been no complete stoppage in my painting since this exhibition, although my output slowed to a trickle while I worked on my novel throughout the early 2000s, and also into the late-2000s once I returned to musical composition. Presently I divide my time between all my activities, which is to say I work at a snail’s pace on everything I undertake.

Though I can provide dimensions for some of these paintings, I cannot for others. None of these canvases are especially large, and a number are small.

Monsters: The monsters of my childhood in the 60s were whimsical and improbable, whereas in today’s era of CGI, monsters appear to suffer the general disease of our time: scientific literalism. After the novelty of the realism wears off, the ad hoc imagination is left no corner into which it can flee and recuperate. My creatures aspire only to be impossible.

The Gobbler (TweetyBird made of Mac and Cheese)

  The Gobbler

 

Kinderszenen und Gastropod

  Kinderszenen und Gastropod

 

Lymph Node and Tar Baby

  Lymph Node and Tar Baby

 

Spooks of The Eyestalk

  Spooks of The Eyestalk

 

Oracle of Staplers

  Oracle of Staplers

 

Oracle of Staplers (detail)

  Oracle of Staplers (detail)

 

Brer Rabbit Recondite

  Brer Rabbit Recondite

 

Brer Rabbit Recondite (details)

  Brer Rabbit Recondite (details)

 

Table of Periodic Objects

  Table of Periodic Objects

 

Ruptured Groceries

  Ruptured Groceries

 

Arcimboldo Ant Farm

  Arcimboldo Ant Farm

 

Digit Savant

  Digit Savant

 

Green Bunny Green Dinner

  Green Bunny, Green Dinner

 

Withered and Rigid Dwarves

  Withered and Rigid Dwarves

 

Withered and Rigid Dwarves (detail)

  Withered and Rigid Dwarves (detail)

 

Creeple Peeple Hulu

  Creeple Peeple Hulu

 

 Gallery of Paintings: Early-Aught Artwork

In-Between Years (Part One): A decade separates these works from those listed as new on the New Works Page. Wielded Morbidity has a solid date of 2006. Though it and Pipe Cinch are on paper, they are included here because of my overall low output during this time.

iPebbles and The Toothpaste Slugs

  iPebbles and The Toothpaste Slugs

12" x 16" oil on linen

 

Envelope of Meat

  Envelope of Meat

16" x 20" oil on canvas

 

Manacles of Milk

  Manacles of Milk

16" x 20" oil on canvas

 

Insoles and Injurious Army

  Insoles and Injurious Army

16" x 20" oil on canvas

 

Insoles and Injurious Army

  Insoles and Injurious Army (detail)

 

Wielded Morbidity

  Wielded Morbidity

9" x 10" color pencil on paper

 

Pipe Cinch

  Pipe Cinch

6.75" x 10" pen and ink on paper

 

 Gallery of Paintings: Other Artwork

In-Between Years (Part Two):Brussel Sprout Cheesecake and Pleasing Fungue Barbie were completed around 1998. Fiber Optical was painted on linen, and was commissioned by an ad agency in Barcelona, Spain for Diesel Jeans in Milan, Italy in 2005. To my best knowledge, no other work of mine resides overseas.

Brussel Sprout Cheesecake

  Brussel Sprout Cheesecake

 

Pleasing Fungus Barbie

  Pleasing Fungus Barbie

 

Red Sushi Sleep

  Red Sushi Sleep

 

Nymphs of The Elbow

  Nymphs of The Elbow

 

Quantum Defects

  Quantum Defects

 

Refried and Relinquished

  Refried and Relinquished

 

Fiber Optical

  Fiber Optical

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