The Birth of the Cool
As we are emerging from this unrelenting year, into a promise of another Spring, our great state of Massachusetts is gradually coming alive with
postponed and newly conceived art exhibitions. Among the latter, is a group pop-up show arranged by my new Artists' Collective, Array Contemporary. Three of my paintings – selections from what
I like to call my post-minimal body of work – are thoughtfully arranged and handsomely exhibited.
"Startled Awake", 48in. x 24in. ( 122cm x 61cm) ,
Oil stick, acrylic, & mixed textural media on wood panel, 2019
This exhibition is up between now and early July; it would be an advantage
to see it in person. My paintings' reliance on specific color relationships is here matched in importance by strong surface textures, so tricky to convey
in reproduction. Thus, "2 BLU 4 U" uses both glass beads and a textural crystal gel for a two-tone surface effect.
"2 BLU 4 U", 24" x 24" (61cm x 61cm),
Oil stick, acrylic, glass beads & textural media on wood panel, 2019
I am somewhere half way in developing this group of paintings, dating to
its extraordinary birth 6 years ago – Athena out of the head of Zeus – the New Cool, made New by the use of the new textural materials.
"The Cool Dude" , 24" x 24" (61cm x 61cm),
Acrylic & textural media on wood panel, 2018
The evolution of this series, from fewer elements, the dissolution of the forms into planes and back, may warrant a longer presentation. In the
mean time, you can see some of the steps on that journey at my painting website Here.