Happy to announce that I recently won the "Figure and Gesture Award" in the Minted Drawing & Sketching Art Challenge with my piece Drawing 369 - Standing Man! You might remember this was also one of two of my drawings to win Editors' Picks awards in the same challenge. Along with a monetary award, this piece is now offered as a high quality print on Minted's site.
As I pack up this recent painting for a new customer, I reflect on its loose (as Demosthenes was known primarily as an orator and statesman) inspiration - the 1859 painting by Delacroix "Demosthenes declaiming the seashore". Delacroix's theme for this work comes from the legend of Demosthenes orating over the waves of the sea to increase the power of his voice.
Philosopher by the sea, latex & acrylic paint on canvas, 30 x 48", 2015, private collection, Las Vegas, NV
Eugene Delacroix Demosthenes declaiming the seashore, 1859, oil on paper mounted on wood, The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
Today, April 23, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Below is a quote from his Julius Caesar and a painting inspired by the tragic play.
And be not jealous on me, gentle Brutus.
Gentle Brutus, latex paint on canvas, 30x48", 2015
I'm very proud to announce that two of figure drawings were chosen as Editors' Picks in the Minted Drawing & Sketching Art Challenge.
In addition to the award, the two pieces will now be offered as prints on my Minted shop. Minted is offering the prints on acid and lignin-free paper, deluxe pigment print with a variety of frames and print sizes to test out!
This portrait of Kobayashi Issa, Japanese poet, artist and Buddhist priest, was inspired by a quote from Jack Kerouac's beautiful novel Big Sur.
"... the gloom of Basho behind it all, the huge thunderous scowl of Issa or Shiki, kneeling in the frost with the bowed head like the bowed-head-oblivion of all the old horses of Japan long dust." - Jack Kerouac, Big Sur
The thunderous scowl of Issa, latex paint on canvas, 24" x 24", 2016
Very excited to share this interview and studio visit with Minted.com. In the interview we discuss topics such as our studio, my background, style, art history, inspiration, subject matter, and more! Please check it out!
Michelangelo has been the subject of several of my posts about inspiration. I continually refer back to his work over the years and find more and more to study and be inspired by. In 2015, I painted a figure in reference to the theme of his "The Fall of Phaeton" (seen below: Black chalk, completed 1531-1533, housed at the British Museum in London).
The fall of Phaeton, latex paint on canvas, 30 x 48", 2015