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Mother and Child I

18.00"W x 24.00"H x 1.0"D

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Alden Phelps

UPPERCO, MD

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: commentary, social, modern, sky, surreal, pop, pop, funny, city, pink, baby, mother, child, phone, cel, skyscrapers, grass, talk, family, alone, shop, road, consumerism

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 18"W x 24"H x 1"D

Year Created: 2018

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In this painting a mother sits with her baby but she's checking her phone. Her shopping bag is underneath her blue chair. The world is turning into a flattened digital simplification. I was exploring the look of digital images, and how our constant use of screens flattens our view of the world. The heavy black outlines hint at stained glass, and the title "Mother and Child" pays ironic tribute to many great old master paintings. Nevertheless I find this to be a pleasant picture to look at, primarily because of the satisfying shapes and bright colors. This recent painting is painted black on the sides to extend the stained glass theme, so it needs no frame.

My paintings are often gently humorous or ironic. Some poke fun at our fixation on consumption and prosperity, while others focus on the intrusion of technology in our lives. This large series was first exhibited at Marin-Price Gallery in Chevy Chase, MD.

I always begin with sketches. Sometimes I use source material, photos I take or objects in the studio, but most often I draw entirely out of my imagination. I focus on the composition and color, and try not to think too much about the meaning of the painting, which makes itself clear eventually.

Early on I used acrylic paint on my canvases, but am now back to oils.

Artists who inspire me: Grant Wood; George Tooker; Richard Deibenkorn; Wayne Thiebault.

My name is Alden Phelps, I’ve been painting since graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1986. I live and work in an old farmhouse outside Baltimore. After graduating from MICA, I married a puppeteer and with a few friends created a community arts center where we made theatre productions, puppet shows, and taught art classes. I painted pictures at night, living in an old run-down rental and watching the semi-rural landscape around me transform into countless housing developments and shopping centers. This sad and weird reshaping of the land eventually became my muse. I had my first exhibits at the Rockland Arts Center in Ellicott City, MD and then Marin-Price Gallery in Chevy Chase, MD, my current dealer. I currently perform and teach songwriting at schools throughout the Delmarva area. I’ve just started posting photos of my process etc at

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