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Figurative Painting in a Contemporary Art World

These are the paintings of my thesis show.

I am a figure painter. I will always be a figure painter. I have always been a figure painter.
The production I present at this point in time is my attempt beyond the pretty picture;
my struggle to engage the discourse.

Modernism’s Ludwig Mies van der Rohe said, “Less is more”. 
Postmodernism’s Robert Venturi retorted, “Less is bore”.
I proclaim, “Give me canvases of technically strong more”.

 

 

 

With the exception of Heather and Zach whose poses and lighting I dealt with in my studio,
I allowed the couples to dress as they wished and pose in their own environment with their
space's ambient light. As they were just "being themself" I shot photograph after photograph
hoping to get that one special image to paint. These paintings are the result of that process.

The black sheep of the show is another exception. "Clinton, Nathan and Andy." Clinton Hamilton
and Andy Warhol were roommates and struggling artists in the 1950s. Clinton is on the left, the
only full portrait in the show. It is the only painting with three figures and is in grayscale with much
of the charcoal drawing and raw canvas as possible revealed. My show was held in the Clinton
Hamilton Foundation Studio space.

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Amanda and Hunter - 30 x 45"

 

 

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Karen and Len = 30 x 45"

 

 

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Clinton, Nathan and Andy (the black sheep of the show) - 30 x 45"

 

 

 

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Georgia and David - 30 x 45"

 

 

 

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Angel and Norm - 30 x 45"

 

 

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Heather 20 x 30"

 

 

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Zach - 20 x 30"

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Candace and Jay - 30 x 45"