Size: 36"W x 48"H x 2.25"D
Year Created: 2014
Ready to Hang
"Ella Fitzgerald" was the first piece constructed on a wood panel. This piece is from my Icon series which consists of portraits made of wood discs laid out in a grid. It is an approach that straddles the line between abstraction and impressionism.
There are two visual principles to my work: space-ism and geometry. Space-ism painting presents an intermediate dimension between the second and third dimensions. Planes of space are created by using surfaces with different thicknesses or by layering multiple surfaces. The application of one surface onto another creates a 3D effect. Unlike traditional three-dimensional works such as sculptures, the artwork can be viewed from the one-point perspective as in a traditional painting.
The second principle is the deconstruction of subjects into simple, geometric forms.
When laid out in a grid, the circular forms create a negative space that have a push-pull effect, yet retain the cohesiveness necessary to form an image. The closer in proximity the viewer is, the more abstract the piece. The further the distance between the viewer and the piece, the more recognizable the image becomes.
Color is vital in finding the medium between abstract and impressionistic imagery.
Fewer hues mean less detail is retained while using more hues will provide more detail. The slightest change in value can drastically alter the image. The colors also orchestrate composition as well as indicate symbolism.
I was born in Salem, MA and raised in the Greater Boston area. My youth was spent in ice rinks, but I managed to discover my passion for making art. In 2001, I earned a BFA in Graphic Design with Honors from Montserrat College of Art. During the following year, I began work on the “space-ism” concept which produced the first piece for the Icon Series. The concept focuses on creating planes of space within two dimensional artwork while simplifying the imagery to geometric shapes. In addition, I produce drawings, mixed media pieces, and work as a graphic designer. Since 2003, my wife and I have been stuck in the terrifying traffic of Southern California.