Subject Tags: figurative
Size: 10"W x 7.5"H x 0.01"D
Year Created: 2018
"Wing Biddlebaum talked much with his hands. The slender expressive fingers, forever active, forever striving to conceal themselves in his pockets or behind his back, came forth and became the piston rods of his machinery of expression.
The story of Wing Biddlebaum is a story of hands. Their restless activity, like unto the beating of the wings of an imprisoned bird, had given him his name. Some obscure poet of the town had thought of it. The hands alarmed their owner. He wanted to keep them hidden away and looked with amazement at the quiet inexpressive hands of other men who worked beside him in the fields, or passed, driving sleepy teams on country roads."
My paintings serve as a means of communicating issues of personal identity and of the complexities of human experience. While painting, an intimate interaction occurs between me, the painter, and emerging figure. I investigate and portray the internal, emotional landscape of my subjects. My work is a hybrid exploration of figure painting and abstraction. In the cases where the gesture or lines of a whole body are rendered, the head reminds the focal point of representation as implied by its scale or its level of detail. While I use a variety of materials and processes in each project my methodology is consistent. They are linked by recurring formal concerns and through the subject matter. I look to the vocabulary of modern and contemporary art as inspiration. I do not plan the atheistic outcome of my artwork. I am sensitive to the demands of the painting. I go where the painting wants to go. I know when a painting is done when the painting itself can hold a conversation on its own; the colors are contrastive and there is a balance between spontaneity and control. I am deeply committed to lines and their properties. A single drawn line can express movement and gesture, and give direction and depth on a flat surface. I strive to convey these qualities in my drawings. I carry these disciplines into painting. Often times I incorporate lines into my paintings to add visual weight and to enhance the form. I often draw or paint many versions; I do this because I feel with every reinterpretation the work becomes stronger and the elements become purer.