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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
With this new painting, I thought I would document a bit of the process along the way! Below on the left, you can see the first "sgraffito" technique of scratching lines into a base of wet white paint.
It was at the stage on the above right that I decided the positioning of the hands did not convey the theme to my liking - the theme of a figure using all his strength to break an unbreakable object. I decided some drastic change in position was in order.
With the hands better positioned to convey might and effort, I was able to put the finishing touches on: Hercules breaking the bonds of Prometheus, latex and acrylic paint on canvas, 36 x 48", 2016
Excited to share this fun and quick interview I recently did with the arts site Cosmic Orgasm called Cosmic Talks: The Figurative Artist Derek Overfield! Please check out the full interview by clicking on the image below!
I'm pretty proud to have two award-winning prints of my work sold in partnership with contemporay design and decor site Minted, but you can imagine how surprised and thrilled I was to find this ad! This is a print of my Drawing 264 - Gesturing Man, featured in an ad for Minted in this December's HGTV Magazine!
Oedipus at Colonus, latex paint on canvas, 48" x 30", 2015
The blinded Polyphemus, latex paint on canvas, 30" x 48", 2015
These new paintings are variations on two themes I painted earlier in the year (see below). These new pieces were made specifically for my upcoming show at Jeffrey Meier Gallery.