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 Paintings (Oils): 2019-2010

Division of Work: Paintings and works on paper appear on separate pages. I urge those viewing my paintings to also look at a few works on paper, since these multimedia creations more intimately reflect my thought process.

The first painting predates the featured timeline by a number of years, and was finished no later than 2003. My purpose in putting it here is to show how my current paintings differ in approach. First, current paintings are smaller, with the largest averaging 16” by 20”. How I apply detail is also evolving over time: Foreground objects are becoming less ornate, while backgrounds (landscapes) are increasing in density. My eyesight began to fail me in the mid-2000s, and though it was a gradual process of aging, I had not noticed how the scale of my paintings, as with Exit Wounds and Strategies, grew larger. After discovering reading glasses, my eyesight was famously restored.

Alloys and Alliances was exhibited at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles in 2011 as part of an anniversary show. (A link is provided at the bottom of this page to my paintings exhibited in this gallery in 2002.)

Exit Wounds and Strategies (original oil painting)

  Exit Wounds and Strategies

22" x 30" oil on canvas

 

Exit Wounds and Strategies (details)

  Exit Wounds and Strategies (details)

 

Blind Man's Bluff

  Blind Man’s Bluff

16" x 20" oil on canvas

 

Nancy Binary (painting)

  Nancy Binary

11" x 14" oil on panel

 

Pinocchio's Time Share

  Pinocchio’s Time Share

16" x 20" oil on canvas

 

Pinocchio's Time Share (detail)

  Pinocchio’s Time Share (detail)

 

Bridal Spore

  Bridal Spore

16" x 20" oil on canvas

 

Clandestine Chowder

  Clandestine Chowder

9" x 12" oil on canvas

 

Gummy Shards

  Gummy Shards

16" x 20" oil on canvas

 

Gummy Shards

  Gummy Shards (detail)

 

Moth of Mid-Month

  Moth of Mid-Month

16" x 20" oil on canvas

 

Land Mass At Variance

  Land Mass At Variance

9" x 12" oil on canvas

 

Wheals of Saunter

  Wheals of Saunter

9" x 12" oil on canvas

 

Eponymous Gallstone

  Eponymous Gallstone

9" x 12" oil on canvas

 

Eel Conceived Of Women

  Eel Conceived Of Women

12" x 12" oil on canvas

 

Realism versus Personal Reality: We are living in a golden age of photorealism, although many current proficients are not as candid about their sources as those who initiated the approach in the late 70s and early 80s. I dabbled in photorealism at the beginning of my education. A few images of this type are seen on my first Porfolio page. I still incorporate aspects of photorealism here and there, although I will always prefer working from real-life or imaginary objects. Both binocular vision and the imagination force one to blend (interpret) perspectives. A camera is monocular and flattens everything by definition, making the photo-reductive taint hard to cast off.

I have allowed my works to be categorized as “low-brow” or “pop surrealism” for the sake of convenience and expediency, much in the way Picasso allowed himself to be categorized as a surrealist when he exhibited with those who self-identified as surrealists. Labels are arbitrary things, and sensibility and style change over time, regardless where Art History chooses to place one in its Canon.

Pillow Shams of Sobriety

  Pillow Shams of Sobriety

11" x 14" oil on canvas

 

Fruited Bodies

  Fruited Bodies

9" x 12" oil on canvas

 

Aspic and Its Aspect

  Aspic and Its Aspect

9" x 12" oil on canvas

 

Alloys and Alliances

  Alloys and Alliances

9" x 12" oil on canvas

 

Animus of Treacle

  Animus of Treacle

18" x 12" oil on canvas (diptych)

 

 Landscape Motifs (Oils)

Laurels versus Risk-Taking: There comes a point in one’s output where proficiency is reached and one borders on becoming a mere stylist of one’s better efforts, or worst, a parodist. The formula may be winning, but it resembles masturbation if it goes too long with little time being set aside to reflect on the course of the work. I do not claim virtue in these areas, yet I escape the dilemma by leaving my work for periods of time before resuming it. Employing a variety of media is another way of jarring one’s imagination out of ruts, since each media entails inherent limitations in what can be done within it. These limitations present challenges and calls one’s resourcefulness into action.

Forest of Sorrows

  Forest of Sorrows

8" x 8" oil on canvas

 

Dormant Landscape

  Dormant Landscape

6" x 6" oil on canvas

 

Gloaming Cove

  Gloaming Cove

8" x 8" oil on canvas

 

Mixed Media on Paper/ La Luz de Jesus Gallery Show/ Home Page