Size: 24"W x 35"H x 0.125"D
Year Created: 2018
Created on masonite board, 'Tartarus' is characterized by several layers of paint built up via the drip painting techniques associated with the abstract expressionism movement. At the time of creating this piece I was very inspired by Jackson Pollack, Cy Twombly, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. I utilized a variety of brush handles, my own fingers and an arsenal of industrial paints I'd ammassed over the years. I mentally processed the tangled drip in the main body of the piece to represent the vitality and energy of the life cycle beginning with childhood in the center and the gradual ease into the end phase of life characterized by the gradient darkness along the peripheries. Stoic white spires grow like tendrils from the base of the painting much like stark white stalagmites as would grow inside of a cave. This subterranean perspective of the life cycle framed behind the white structures gave me a macabre sense of mortality and a subsequent journey into Tartarus from where I decided on the name for this piece.
My name is Evan Michaels Estrada and I am a San Antonio based artist and musician whose primary genres of painting are in the vein of abstract and expressionism. Through these genres I have come to define my personal art as being the mode of communication between myself, others and the nature of reality as told through the vocabulary of color, shape, and form as opposed to drawing strictly from topical stimuli and more so exploring the reactionary emotional element of the medium. I was originally raised in Anchorage, AK before returning to Texas. In 2009 I began to study art and music at Northwest Vista College where I was first exposed to the artworks of Max Ernst, Jean Michele Basquiat and Jackson Pollack from whom inspired me to start painting. Currently I am a Picture Framer at Kurt Youngbloods Framing and Art.