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I am interested in architectural construction because I see it as a metaphor for the activity of painting. My pictures are "constructed" one step, one formal or material decision, at a time. From a distance, many of my paintings appear to be photo-realistic, but that illusion breaks down as the viewer moves closer. I work with both oil and acrylic paints, along with a variety of painting mediums that enable me to alter the viscosity, sheen and surface texture of the paint. I also explore a variety of incongruent stylistic strategies within a single image. In this way, the "space" in the paintings, while alluding to three-dimensional illusionistic space, is more closely aligned with the pictorial "space" of Modernism, always referring the viewer back to the flatness of the picture plane. The influence of 20th-century abstract painting is ever-present in this work. The generic forms of suburban and urban architecture provide a convenient framework through which I can explore many of the basic structures and issues of Modernism, stripes, grids, color relativity and so forth. Black Box alludes specifically to the black paintings of both Kazimir Malevich and Ad Reinhardt.
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- Custom Frame
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- Hand-crafted black or white wooden frame, fitted with UV plexi
- White, archival, Made-to-Measure Mat. Your artwork will either be matted or floated depending on artist’s specifications. Note: Artwork 24”x 36” & larger will be framed to edge (no mat).
- Expertly finished with hanging wires, protective backing archival sleeve for certificate of authenticity, and wall-friendly footers.
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