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Detail of painting

Detail of weaving, impasto, & brush strokes


'Shaped Paintings'

Although the gyrating, swirling figures in my art are loosely based on Michelangelo’s paintings in the Sistine Chapel, my themes of indiscreet pleasure are more congruous with the subsequent works of several Italian Baroque and Rococo artists. 'Ascension', 'submission', and 'rotation' are common denominators, but are portrayed in a more wanton and heedless manner. Despite the outward appearance of careless and playful behavior, many of my shaped paintings have underlying satirical and hedonistic themes, or at other times, a voyeuristic perspective. Mockery of worship, brazen behavior, and group mentality versus individualism are themes depicted. 

There is a sense of tension in these paintings, which is created by the planes of the background slashing through the figures, disrupting the view of where the figure is in time and space. Life can be surreal; full of energy, discord, and color. The use of texture, strong colors, weaving, and heavy impasto; plus the relationship between foreground and background, figure versus landscape; are all structural elements that I deal with in my paintings in order to create a sense of discord and unrestrained energy. The 'nude' figures are not lewd, but provocative, with colorful brushstrokes giving a sense of 'what is beneath the surface'. The weaving behind the figures provides a 'window' through which we can observe the situation, something akin to the peering in "Rear Window."

I created these shaped paintings by cutting masonite and plywood into various shapes, sometimes gluing layers together to get a 3-D effect. I also cut 'windows' behind the figures. I then wove strips of painted canvas which was glued and attached to the back, creating a sense of depth behind the figure. Textured gels, mediums, and acrylic paints were added to create shapes, dimensions, and brushstrokes. Some of the plywood was scored, sanded, and glazed.

A few of these paintings were done on paper, with woven paper in the 'window' areas. These paintings on paper are mounted on canvas-board and shadow box framed under plexiglass.

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