My ongoing "Quirks of Inspiration" series (previous posts here & here) aims to feature one of my recent pieces and note the (usually unintentional) connections to a famous work that I greatly admire. Below is another example: 2013 latex figure painting Capaneus scaling the Theban walls. I set out to capture the posture of a figure pulling itself up. The title came afterward - referencing the character from Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes.
Capaneus scaling the Theban walls, latex paint on canvas, 47" x 25" (diptych), 2013, private collection, West Bloomfield, MI
Once the painting was done, I noted the position of the arms, the tilt of the head and torso. It struck me that the placement of these features was similar in spirit to the ones in Egon Schiele's self portrait as St. Sebastian.
Egon Schiele, Self Portrait as St. Sebastian, pencil on paper, 12.7" x 19", 1914
I've always loved this drawing and the similar painting Schiele made for a Galerie Arnot exhibition in 1915. Its easy to see how they could make such a lasting impression on my work.
Egon Schiele, Self Portrait as St. Sebastian (poster), gouache, black crayon and ink on cardboard, 19.6" x 26", 1915
Ephialtes, latex paint on canvas, 43" x 55", 2014
Man with pink shape, latex paint and cut paper on canvas, 17" x 20", 2014
The latest issue of male figurative art magazine The Art of Man has been printed and I am thrilled to be a featured artist!
Edition #16 of the Firehouse Publishing journal also features beautiful reproductions of work by Dan Pyle, Patrick Webb, Francisco Hurtz, Alexei Biryukoff, Jacob Fossum, and an essay about Auguste Rodin. The issue also offers a question and answer session with each contributor.
Drawing 188, charcoal on paper, 18" x 24", 2014
Enjoy this animated GIF of Drawing 188 being created!
Drawing 179, conte on paper, 9" x 12", 2013
Drawing 180, conte on paper, 9" x 12", 2013
Drawing 181, ink on paper, 9" x 12", 2013
Drawing 182, oil pastel and ink on paper, 9" x 12", 2013
Drawing 175, conte on paper, 18" x 24", 2013
Drawing 176, conte and pastel on paper, 11" x 14", 2013
Drawing 177, charcoal and pastel on paper, 11" x 14", 2013
Drawing 178, pastel on paper, 11" x 14", 2013
My recent latex figure painting, Capaneus scaling the Theban walls, will be featured in the 5th annual Bare Form exhibit at the Monongalia Art Center's Benedum Gallery. The show will be open from November 1st through November 27th.
Capaneus scaling the Theban walls, latex paint on canvas, 47" x 25" (diptych), 2013
About the Bare Form exhibit and the figure in art, the Monongalia Arts Center offers:
The beauty of the body has inspired artists from the dawn of history yet remains an inextricable part of the human experience. Our intimate familiarity with the human body bears the challenge to the artist…transforming that which is known into an expression of emotion.