Now in my second year living overseas in the Republic of
Korea, I have finally begun painting again after a hiatus of over two years. The new series, collectively titled, PAINT
ABUSE, is the result of 6 months of intensive work.
I am drawing from my vast resource of imaginary characters, figures, monsters and text, moving freely on multiple
levels and pulling it all together into a broad epic. It is the sum total of a lifetime of "intelligence gathering"-
drawing from life and the mind since I was old enough hold a crayon. I remember the first word I ever wrote, "LOVE",
unknowingly of course, scrawled onto a paper plate. I still have most of my childhood drawings, and the thread continues
as I draw essentially the same things I was drawing then.
Many new pieces have more than one title. The title part has taken on a life of its own, and is an ongoing work in progress.
I've been having a lot of fun playing with words and visual puns, sometimes editing and re-editing titles fifteen times or
My love affair with acrylics continues
unabated. I am totally at one with the medium. When in "Full Metal Jacket" creative mode, I'm able to
paint and change things as fast as I can think, thanks to acrylics. In spite of their poor lightfastness rating, I have
expanded the use of florescent pigments, because they can most closely replicate the feel of fire, the sun and the vivid coloration
of some tropical fauna.
now I am using mostly found supports such as plywood, masonite, metal, aluminum and and honeycomb aluminum.
When in New York, I sized canvases directly onto the
walls. But here in Korea there is no space for that.
Ongoing inspiration for the work:
Bioluminsece, especially in creatures living in the perpetual night of the
Camouflage, mimicry and shape-shifting
in nature, especially in cephalopods
By beloved cats
The psychology of manipulation and predation, and how it is manifested or covered up by facial expressions
Ray Harryhausen and Willis O'Brien
Warning coloration and ornamentation in venomous animals
My humorous outlook on life
The music of Yngwie
The beauty of life, and how
life on Earth is at the same time fragile and unstoppable
My sense of outrage has always been intrinsic to my oeuvre. In this
new series anger again takes center stage. It is my firewood, my fuel rods, and I use it to express, in livid
color, a controlled madness.
Other source material:
remembrance of things from childhood
American TV adverstising, and how it repeatedly kicks viewers between the eyes, rendering them effectively brain dead over
Fragments of dialogue with friends
that sometimes become visual concepts for paintings
absurdity of the art world
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