Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Eternal Battle progress 1

What to say about my latest outing? I could tell you that this one has been five years in the making.The huge canvas is at least that old, and the piece itself was meant to be the focal piece of the Purgatorium series, except time put paid to that. I never thought I’d gotten the idea right you see, so it was reworked as a dozen sketches over the years, before being shelved until very recently.
That was when I realized it should have been vertical instead of horizontal all along.
If nothing else, this tumultuous year has offered perspective.
The Eternal Battle is just a working title for now, but that’s Hitler and Van Gogh scrapping it out by the way, which is part of an ongoing theory I have about creative destruction and artistic failure in the 20th century. That would make a great title of a modern thesis actually-perhaps Mathew Collings should option it.  Perhaps not.
Lots of shows between now and the year end, but I’ll keep battling away on it and posting progressions in the interim.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Anatomy of a smile

10″ x 10″ | Oil on wood
“Keep smiling through
Just like you always do
‘Till the blue skies chase
Those dark clouds far away”
Vera Lynn-We’ll meet again
This retake of Leonardo’s ubiquitous work, actually has it’s origins in a very loose painting I did around 2010. At the time I had been amused by an article in which a group of scientists was attempting to excavate the skull of da Vinci, thereby proving the theory that Mona Lisa, was, in fact, a portrait of the master in drag.
I guess  a cure for cancer was less important that year.
Dusted off then, in what has been the most trying and treacherous year of living memory, this reworking with its familiar smile draped over a death’s head in a bleak, unforgiving landscape, takes on a grim stoic resilience in the face of utter hopelessness.
The painting will be on show, and available for purchase at La Bodega, for the Perfect 10 group show, Saturday, August 20th, 2016, 6:00pm to 11:00pm.