It's strange how inspiration works. When you spend time studying other artists, images often sink into your mind without realizing. Below is a painting I created back in 2010, Untitled Man 2. A year or two after finishing, I realized it looked similar in pose to the figure of Philip in Leonardo's Last Supper.
Untitled Man 2, graphite, latex paint and photo transfer on canvas,
Detail of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, (the figure on the right is believed to be Philip), Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, 1495-1498
Of course, it's not the exact pose, and the similarities could all be a coincidence. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it could still be another figure that has made its way into my mind. If any readers recognize other famous figures it shares similarities with let me know, and I'll check to see if I spent time studying them too!
Thanks to all that have supported me throughout 2012 - Etsy followers and buyers, bloggers that have featured my work on their sites, galleries that have taken on my work, my Facebook followers, readers of my blog, and visitors to my site! Your support means a great deal to me and I hope you have a wonderful New Year!
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Featured is my latest painting "Mutineers", with a short video of it being created. I plan to include more studio videos in the coming year.
"Mutineers", latex paint and ink transfer on canvas, 48"x30", 2012
Recently, Lauren and I drove to Charleston, WV to deliver her work to Annex Gallery of Taylor Books for her upcoming exhibit. The reception for her work is September 20th, 5 - 8:00 pm, and anyone in the area should swing by.
"Winter River - February 3rd", Lauren Adams
While we were in Charleston, we also stopped by the Culture Center to pick up my paintings from the Historic Portraits of WV exhibit. Both pieces will now be available for purchase in my shop. Thanks again to Betty Gay for the opportunity to participate in the exhibit.
"Captain Brown contemplating his mission" and "The proud and mournful Buckhongahelas", Derek Overfield
One can see by my decision to portray John Brown in the portait exhibit, that I find him an interesting and controversial figure in West Virginia and American history. Luckily, we had a chance to stop by the WV Museum's historical exhibits and visit the John Brown display.
They have several interesting artifacts from the raid at Harpers Ferry, as
well as the time period leading up to Brown's death. Some items include the
handcuffs and collar he wore in jail, the lock and key of his cell, a letter to
his family, the noose used in his execution and various weapons used in the
"Man, back' oil and latex paint on canvas, 26"x30", 2012
"Man, April", latex paint and ink transfer on canvas, 26"x30", 2012
"Drawing 66", conte on paper, 9"x12", 2012
"Drawing 65", conte, pastel and graphite on paper, 9"x12", 2012
Proud to announce that two of my figure paintings have been accepted into the exhibit "Inspired: Portraits of Historic West Virginia Figures" at the West Virginia State Museum in Charleston, WV. The show will be exhibited in the Commissioner's Gallery from February 21 - August 26 of 2012 with a reception on February 21. Below are my works featured in the exhibit.
"Captain Brown contemplating his mission", oil paint and ink transfer on canvas, 32"x48" (triptych), 2011
"The proud and mournful Buckhongahelas", acrylic, graphite, cut fabric and ink transfer on canvas, 26"x30", 2011
Today one my paintings ""A faceless machine lacks the essential properties", was featured on the "Curate 1K Blog", a weekly blog dedicated to highlighting artwork under $1,000. Thank you to the Curate 1K creators for featuring my work!
Latest contemporary figure painting - "Man with homemade banjo", latex paint and ink transfer on canvas, 26"x30", 2012