`Painting is something that can only destroy itself, which must destroy itself in order to be reinvented.’ ~ Jean Fautrier
`I have always hated drawing. Drawing and painting are in my opinion the greatest enemies.’ ~ Serge Charchoune
`Painting isn’t a mystery. It can be quite a pragmatic thing. ‘ ~ Phillip Allen
‘I want the intrigue to come through the sensuous making of them and for the viewer to feel that they are irresistibly drawn into the process.’ ~ Basil Beattie
`it is light that counts above everything. Not colored light, but color that gives off light – radiance.` ~ Helen Frankenthaler
Angry Bat-God Yelling (2017) is the first large painting completed since my show of small work in Germany last summer.
In my new work I am depending less on the hard edged and non-objective forms that have been staples of my painting in favor of a quicker, more slap dash approach. The more pronounced, descriptive forms push a narrative as well as a mix of pop culture and supernatural interests to the surface. Yet the tether to a romantic ideal of modernism still holds fast.
I predominantly use Golden paints supplemented with various colors by Lascaux and Old Holland Acrylics.
For this painting the following colors were mixed or in some cases taken directly from the tube.
Yellow green, blue green, a somewhat lightened graphite gray, various shades of cadmium yellow, cadmium orange, a lightened ultramarine blue, various reds, iridescent silver, light pink and a fluorescent orange.
My palette references the psychedelic, advertisements, pop culture in general and the mythic.
Seeing with the Mind’s Eye: The History, Techniques and Uses of Visualization by Mike and Nancy Samuels
What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present by Dan Nadel
Eye of the Sixties: Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art by Judith E. Stein
Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks: The Most Popular Couple the World Has Ever Known by Boonton Herndon
Currently on rotation in the studio-
The Commodores – Machine Gun
Echo and the Bunnymen – Songs to Learn and Sing
Kamasi Washington – The Epic
Bell Biv DeVoe – 20th Century Masters
Bow Wow Wow – Love Peace and Harmony
Cat Power – Moon Pix
Charles Lloyd Quartet – Love-In (Live)
Cole Porter – The Talismanic Cole Porter
Eddie Hazel – Game, Dames and Guitar Thangs
Hamza El Din – Eclipse
Three Dog Night – One
The Big Blue (1988), Brother Sun Sister Moon (1972), You Can’t Take it With You (1938), Cleopatra (1963), Red Dust (1932), Diner (1982), Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), 2001 A Space Odyssey (1968), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986).
These were all favorites as a kid and I watched a few episodes of all of these during the time it took to finish this painting.
Batman: The Mad Hatter Runs a Foul S2 Ep35/36, Star Trek, Wild Wild West and The Green Hornet.
Cuban Socialist Posters from the 1970’s – Miguel Abreu Gallery
Katharina Grosse – Gagosian
Anthony Caro – Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Tal R – Cheim & Read
David Humphrey – Fredericks & Freiser
Edward Clark – Tilton Gallery
Marina Adams – Salon 94 Bowery
`Painting has this great quiet way of sharing ideas.’ ~ Ryan Nord Kitchen