Sunday, September 23, 2012

My Favorite Women in Art

If there is one artist I admire most, it is Henri Matisse. An on going project for me has been creating imagery based off of his painting "Italian Woman". In a recent reduction print (center), I combined part of Matisse's image with a section taken from "the bathers" by William Adolph Bouguereau, another painting that I love from the Art Institute. By finding the area of concentration in the painting, and enlarging it, I create new compositions based on the original female form. To the left is a small acrylic painting on wood based on the Italian Woman. To the right is a sketch in colored pencil, graphite, and pen based on the Bathers. Here are the original images.

the Italian Woman, Matisse

the Bathers, Bougeureau

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Grin And Bear It

Here's more on a previously posted work!
In a quest to bring texture into my works, I decided to actually physically layer cloth onto the canvas. I wanted to create something so real and so juicy that you had to resist the urge to touch it. Though this piece is only 12 by 12 inches, I can just imagine this as a massive wall-covering piece, so overwhelming that all you can do is sit and look. For me, it captures the feeling of living with resentment, and holding in this feeling so long that it destroys you from the inside out.
The idea for the piece first came to me when I decided to sit down and illustrate various scenes from fountainhead. Out of that sprang an idea for a cartoon, in which these little leach-like "second handers" were destroyed by their own actions. These characters kept on "swimming with the crowd" despite feeling as if they are going against their conscious, and were ultimately punished for it.

Here is a doodle I did of the original characters fooling around.

This doodle from a while a go inspired by what would be the character of the hero-personality, those akin to Howard Roark, or according to Ayn Rand, Objectivists.

Here is a small self portrait I did based off of a photo taken of me. Here, the background is abstracted and my image is blurred to make me resemble my objectivist characters.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

first few works of the semester

Oil on stretched black paper with pumice ground. 10 x 10 inches

I started working on this type of imagery after reading the fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Rand was inspired by architects like Frank Lloyd wright, who created designs to fit the human lifestyle while at the same time growing out of their environment as if they were always meant to be there. The hero of the story spends his whole life fig
hting ideas of traditional or fashionable architecture. The novel calls for an end to relying on our ancestors and ideas of the past, and instead attempts to inspire us to believe in our own individual ideas and pursue our own interests.

Here I sought to reveal the cold and emptiness of these architectural motifs and their hidden brittle nature - we can break through the old walls and build our own.

Oil on canvas with pumice ground, 10 x 10 inches

This piece may look like a small slab of concrete, but it is light as a feather and hangs on the wall by a single nail. In my multi level painting class we are working on small canvases with different materials and grounds and creating different textural effects. After working with these for a little while now, I am inspired to create a series of gray paintings.