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What happens when you go back to the basics?

An image can be worked down to its basics, the objects that make it, the building blocks.
That leaves the question; what is an image? If the colors are out of order do we feel the same way about it? By taking something and changing it to brush strokes you are left to imagine your own idea of what you are looking at. Will it make you feel the same? Why does an image need to be restricted to order when clearly our lives are not. 

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Stop exploding you cowards

Destructivism meets De Stihl. Desaturation collides with expanse. Everything we look at has a shadow - by design.

Bottle Rocket.  96x48 inches. Acrylic on canvas.

Bottle Rocket. 96x48 inches. Acrylic on canvas.

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What color is tragedy?

Guernica was a game changer. For those not familiar, the original painting Guernica is a very emotional painting of a town being bombed, painted by Picasso. I boiled Guernica down to the colors, I wanted to know if I would feel the pain of Picasso's original. The colors still don't sit well with me.

Guernica.  40x40 inches. Acrylic on canvas.

Guernica. 40x40 inches. Acrylic on canvas.

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The importance of the color red


The deep blues and purples absorb so much attention that the everything gets swallowed. The red was designed to offset that and bring some of the purple out. I leave it to you.

Blue.  40x40 inches. Acrylic on canvas.

Blue. 40x40 inches. Acrylic on canvas.

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Inspired en Francais

Do you ever wonder what colors you associate with places? The colors I chose were just off primary. I spent some time in Paris absorbing as much of its art as I could. In particular, the work of Piet Mondrian. This led me in the direction of unwinding a piece of art, to see what can be accomplished by going backwards.
 

Paris.  40x40 inches. Acrylic on canvas.

Paris. 40x40 inches. Acrylic on canvas.

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The thing from the black lagoon

A few thousand brush strokes will make you wonder a lot about your life, and what you are looking at. Maybe that's why I called it Gloom.

Gloom.  40x70 inches. Acrylic on canvas.

Gloom. 40x70 inches. Acrylic on canvas.

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Alrighty then!

In one of his first gigs, Jim Carrey was filmed predicting his rise to fame. In the skit he tells everyone how big he is going to be. I grew up watching Jim Carrey and because of that I had a special connection with him, so I wanted to turn that concept into a piece of art. I was hoping he would take it. During the show, he wore a sweater with a very similar color scheme to this work. Still yours Jim...if you want it. 
 

Forecast.  40x40 inches. Acrylic on canvas.

Forecast. 40x40 inches. Acrylic on canvas.

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How to stay afloat

This work was in search of a perfect balance of color. In the end, the colors of buoy, represent something you would find floating in the ocean. An object that has its own sense of balance. 

Buoy.  30x40 inches. Acrylic on canvas.

Buoy. 30x40 inches. Acrylic on canvas.

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Have your cake

I love you. Hug me. Like those candy hearts you get for Valentines day, I was trying to strike a certain balance. This work is 50% paint and 50% clay. I believe that is also what those candies are made of. 

Cake Factory.  30x40 inches. Acrylic on canvas.

Cake Factory. 30x40 inches. Acrylic on canvas.

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