Size: 12"W x 16"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
The way the colors vibrate in this piece and the elements dance it seemed to me like the flowers were plugged into a wall socket. Hence the title "Electric Sunflowers." While raucous, the work is elegant in its simplicity.
I created this painting after spending some time with the work of the contemporary painter Jean Michel Basquiat. I tried to channel a little of the energy and color he invested in his pieces. While Basquiat's work was full of social commentary, "Electric Sunflowers" is pure fun and exuberance. It will energize and bring joy to any space in which it is hung.
I'm Donald Bruce Wright, a fine artist based in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Northern California. You'll see works here from me created in several media, including oil on canvas as well as smaller pieces made with water-based paints on watercolor paper. The paintings displayed on Vango are from my "Still Life Jazz" series. Like a jazz player who takes a musical standard and then interprets it in new ways, I create paintings that are based on an art world standard: the still life. Real life and its structure serve as a point of departure while remaining loosely recognizable in the final work. Creating these bold energetic floral inventions within the traditional conceptual format of a still life allows the work to project the contradictory sense of being somehow familiar yet fresh. Although my painting style is self-taught, I received formal grounding in art by earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2007.