Size: 38"W x 18"H x 2"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
I saw the first painting in this series in the corner of my eye, but when I tried to paint it, I couldn't get it quite right. This, the second painting in the series came from experimenting in the wee hours of the morning. In person the stacked layers create a bizarre effect.
Raw, expressionistic color, concept through representation, and a dreamlike state are constantly at odds with one another in my paintings. Paint can be intensely beautiful without being molded into an image, so at first I let it speak for itself. Then on top of the abstraction I articulate a concept through realism, often through the blending of photography with the paint. I balance these two with a constant need to show something in a unique way: not in a photorealistic view, not in an abstract vision of paint, but from a perspective that comes from childlike imagination. When I first painted mountains I started by composing accurate representations, but soon found that by playing loosely with the pallet knife and brush I could create much more interesting images by showing the abstraction of the paint's portrayal rather than a mundane photorealistic articulation. I then use bright colors in juxtaposition with the subtle gradients and shadows to construct a surreal and fantastical landscape that hopefully inspires creativity, joy, wonder. This choice allows me to avoid any over-resolving of the images into too-easily digested concepts. I am deeply indebted to and inspired by dancing in the dust, halcyon nights, curious adventures, shared insomnia, midnight conversations, lazy daydreams, the strangest of friends one could ask for, secret pockets, 1970's American punk, 1990's New York hip-hop, quirkiness, Oakland subwoofers, Oakland subwoofers, Juxtapoz Magazine, and the work of my friends Maska, MALAKAI, Taylor Hudson, Eddie Colla, Arngunnur Yr, Ras Terms, Deadeyes, and Nite Owl.