Three In One
The energy created by being involved in two shows in turn became creative energy. I was on a roll and rolled with it.
I finished three paintings in a seven day period.
I was working on “Behind The Scenes” before the Salmagundi show. In fact I interupted it’s progress to frame that picture, and two more for cWOW @ Seton Hall. This hallway is located at 24 West 57th Street, in a building full of Art Galleries, some well known, hence the title.
What I find interesting is all the different light sources. Florescent, Daylight, the EXIT sign, and the various mixtures that occur on the walls and floor.
as always, click on image for a closer view
I recently took possession of the family slide archives. My father took a lot of pictures with the Yashica A my uncle Al gave him to document my progress. There are over a thousand slides taken between 1957 and 1973, when he abruptly stopped. I was sixteen and the problems that led to the disintegration of the family were well on their way to fruition.
I’ve scanned about 200 so far, and among them were these two images, which I was compelled to paint. It’s a collaboration between me and my dad, but on my terms for once. Anyway, judging from the slides, things at least got off to a good start.
We appear to have been a happy family and I’m sticking with that. Interesting painting my portrait, as I recognize that person looking back at me. The images jog my memory and brief fragmentary videos of the events appear in my mind.
On my “About” page I write about why I don’t paint people, and that I’m more interested in painting experiences than moments.
I’m sure I’ll get back to that, but for now I need to follow this thread a little longer.
I painted this one first;
While I was working on it I realized I had a pair of overalls and a very similar bathtub.
In the original I’m clutching a toy submarine. When I was born, my father had just left the Navy, having been a submariner.
In the new version I’m clutching a Sigmund Freud action figure.