Blue Sardines (2022)
Oil on Canvas | 24” x 48”
A wonderful addition to my iconic sardines series, this piece is a fine example of what my refined ethos has evolved into; walking the line between the sophisticated and the whimsical. My passion for this series is driven by the never ending opportunity to combine and or draw from a variety of elements from my lexicon. These works incorporate abstract and representational, and combine more involved, painterly techniques with elements of caricature.
Each piece starts off as an abstract, adorned with several layers of various pigments, to create an organic feel. The little swimmers are then drawn in and once their march/migration completes the composition, each tiny scale is painted with a q-tip. The final phase is drawing the details back in and fine tuning with charcoal and other materials. The rhythmical, mesmerizing end result is like a jewelry box full of faberge eggs. Metallic pigments, including lots of gold, generate a shimmering, chameleon-like quality.
These works evolve throughout the day, revealing new details (like the tiny embossed lead eyes that catch and throw the light) as the angle of the sun progresses, offering something new to discover and observe at all times.
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