"Man, reaching", latex paint on canvas, 26" x 24", 2013
"Drawing 160", conte and pastel on paper, 14" x 17", 2013
"Drawing 161", oil pastel on paper, 18" x 24", 2013
If you're like me, you have particular works on your list to see that for whatever reason have eluded you. Sometimes the opportunity doesn't come along to visit their city, or they're not on display when you do visit. For me, one of those works is the famed "Statue of Meleager" at the Fogg Museum at Harvard:
My own work is heavily influenced by this one incredible sculpture - a 100-200 AD marble Roman copy of the 400 BC bronze original attributed to Skopas. I even painted a copy for my "Industrial Fragments" series, which was featured on Weyerhaeuser's Facebook page via the painting's owner Jonathan Rundle.
"Industrial Fragment 3", acrylic on polypropylene, 13" x 19", 2011
Excited to share that the art blog OH! Parasite has recently featured my work! Its always such an honor when your work is highlighted and discussed in such a responsive way.
About my work, the feature states:
Derek Overfield has a sensitivity to his line that makes for a stunning figurative drawing. The U.S. based artist and graphic designer creates exceptional sketches of nude, male figures. Most images are as simple as charcoal on paper, perhaps with a little paint tossed in, yet they evoke such emotion. One can truly sense the anxiety or melancholy of a figure through Overfield's fervent marks and cognizant lines.
Thanks so much to Grace of OH! Parasite for featuring my work!
"Man binding his stomach", latex paint on canvas, 30" x 48", 2013
"Drawing 156", conte on paper, 14" x 17", 2013
Pictured below is one of my works from 2012, "Drawing 115". I felt at the time, that there was a Michelangelo-esque feel to the pose. Something about the angle of the head and the focus on the neck muscles, was clearly inspired by his work, but I forgot about it soon afterward.
"Drawing 115", graphite on paper, 9" x 12", 2012
Fast forward to just the other day, and I am looking through the book "Michelangelo" from the Taschen series. There I found the following drawing - one that I remember studying very closely when I first picked up the book:
Some sources say this is a study for the Virgin Mary from Michelangelo's "Doni Tondo" painting and some say it is a study (later reversed) of Jonah from the Sistine Chapel. The Taschen book says both could be true as he often used the same study for both male and female finished paintings.
Jonah from the Sistine Chapel ceiling
Of course, the pose is also reminiscent of his "Dying Slave" sculpture and several other figures from the Sistine Chapel ceiling and "Last Judgement" as well.
Check out my first "The Quirks of Inspiration" post as well.
I was thrilled to find my work featured on the art blog mutantspace! Their remarks on my recent figure paintings and drawings are insightful and encouraging! Many thanks to the folks over at mutantspace for the great feature!