After spending 40 years as a full time, professional artist, I’ll be the first to admit that my early professional background and disciplines hold sway over everything I create- be it sculpture, lighting design and very recently, returning to painting.
My new series of paintings have deep roots not only in my background as an illustrator and graphic designer, but also reflect the approach that I use for all of my other design work.
When I paint and design, I work only on the “X-Y” axis in my concept sketches. Here, the rhythm and geometry of the silhouetted subject is “King”. Thus, my paintings take on this two-dimensional quality even when they’re sculptural. Symmetry, balance and the interplay of negative and positive forms are the qualities that I regard as most important.
The surfaces of my paintings are dead matte and completely opaque. The meticulous application of my custom-made paints is rendered to appear as if they were mechanically silk screened graphics. The image series appear like "slices" of a three- dimensional objects as opposed to brush-painted illusions of reality.
The new collection is created as a Set of 4 each and there is a very compelling reason for this approach: Although it was once the exclusive domain of professional artists, designers and art directors, the recent "mood boards" and visual reference collections now featured on Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr, etc, have turned everyone with a smart phone into discerning and savvy visual arts curators. These sites feature photography and art, not as singular pieces but rather surrounded by diverse, multiple images. Billions of images are now selected and regarded within this formatted presentation and because of the diversity of subjects and styles they have a collective and seductive energy. By presenting paintings marked by similar themes and styles, I believe the 'Set of Four' taps into that contemporary visual dynamic.
Each Set-of-Four in my series are vastly different from each other and unique to themselves. I don’t render permutations or variations on a theme. I create only one ‘set of four’ related images and move on to the next concept. Rendering hundreds of concept sketches, I distill the results into the strongest four images possible for each set. The panels in the series are 22" square with an overall size of 50" x 50".
I eschew heavy cropping and illusions of depth for the singular, centered image.
Primary colors, black and white and bold color palettes, minimal / singular imagery, unique configurations for framing, matte/phosphorescent paints and silhouetted subjects on stark, flat backgrounds. The subjects of each panel are akin to simple portraits, in a manner of speaking.
Why I work like this:
I don't separate sculpture from painting. Here, they work together to create what I believe is a unique visual energy.
Maple hardwood constructions painted with opaque, super-matte acrylics.
I am inspired by human accomplishment. My paintings are informed by history, global cultures, literature, antique and modern architecture and both vintage and contemporary science.
The Series begins on Instagram and may also be viewed on my site HERE
Thanks for looking.