Saturday, May 25, 2013

Hello My Name is Bill

This is Bill. He is Bison. I attempted to embed the skull into the life of the bison in this painting. The stark contrast of the skull against the array of colors and strokes creates a great portrait of both the vibrant life of the animal and what's generally left behind. Studying both live bison and the bison skull was eerie. And the painting reflects that eeriness through its color vibrations. This painting has a great (what I call) Ohm. Hans Hofmann guided me through this one with his theories on push and pull in painting. 
I chose Bill as the name in reference to the mass extermination of the great American Bison. From the wikipedia:
William Frederick Cody ("Buffalo Bill") got his nickname after the American Civil War when he had a contract to supply Kansas Pacific Railroad workers with buffalo meat. Cody earned the nickname by killing 4,280 American bison (commonly known as buffalo) in eighteen months, (1867–1868).

Seems these great American beasts were nothing but walking dollar signs.  Also, in my image searches I've been staring at this picture.

The American Frontier was brutal.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Our Name is...

This latest Skull piece is a bit different but a lot the same. I think we are going to move away from human skulls for a bit and take a zoological tangent. These came out pretty nice though! This is the second painting I've finished in Columbus.

Our Name is
acrylic on canvas

For sale.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Hello my name is... Brutis

This is Brutis. He is the first animal painting in the style of the skulls. I think more will come. This one is smaller and I'm still getting used to the new studio. There should be prints available on Dreamcoat Studios soon. til next time!

Friday, May 10, 2013

NthFA. Got it.

I'll always keep the Nth Gallery in my heart. Here's to an ending chapter and the start of new journey!