Size: 40"W x 30"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
This painting was inspired by my view from an upper balcony at the Hollywood/Highland complex of the pedestrians walking on Hollywood Boulevard below me. With this series, I hope to inspire the viewer to slow down and appreciate the the world around them developing an empathy for the multitudes. Using my signature Pixel Impressionism brush strokes, I rendered the movement of the figure, the transient nature of the moment and the texture of the street scene. Aesthetically, my work is a contemporary version of a traditional subject matter, the Impressionistic figure. The active, textured surface of this painting is protected against dust, smoke and UV damage by a satin finish that allows the deep color of the oil paint to show while eliminating glare on the surface. Painted with archival materials on 1.5-inch deep stretch canvas with finished edges and wired on the back, this contemporary artwork is ready to hang. The making of this painting is featured in a Facebook Live video: https://www.facebook.com/Vangoartapp/videos/1186600324736945/
I am a painter who has based my popular overhead series on images from a digital video camera. The result brings together the perspective of the camera with the nuance control of light and color that can only happen with brush on canvas.
Somewhere on a bridge or a hotel balcony, you'll find me capturing video of unsuspecting figures walking below. Later, in a studio in Santa Fe, you can find me pouring through frame after frame of the video footage to find the perfect moment of weight shift, swing of the arm or tilt of the head, which I feverishly paint, covering large canvases with thick paint depicting an overhead view of a walking figure in an urban setting.
Born in New Orleans in 1965, my work reflects the culmination of 30 years of painting the figure. I have had many solo shows in the U.S. and Mexico, have sold hundreds of paintings to collectors around the world, and my Impressionistic figure paintings have been included in juried shows at Otis College, Los Angeles, Ventura College, Orange County Center For Contemporary Art, Long Beach Arts, TAG Santa Monica and Gallery 825 in Los Angeles. My latest series, Overview, was selected as an LA Times Calendar pick, won awards at juried exhibits at the California Open and Long Beach Arts. An interview with me about this series was featured on both My work has been featured in the LA Times, Daily News, The Huffington Post and on CNN and KTLA in Los Angeles. I a solo show at Los Angeles Art Association’s Gallery 825 and was a Los Angeles regional finalist in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. I am now based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Thanks for visiting my portfolio.