The Studio Door has linked up with San Diego LGBT Pride and Art of Pride to showcase the community’s artists within the Pride offices located at 3620 30th Street in North Park. Click here for overview of the Pride Collaboration.
Exhibition: April 5 - 29
Reception: April 9, 2016 • 6 PM In conjunction with RAY AT NIGHT
San Diego Pride 3620 30th St, San Diego North Park
At the root of all my drawings and paintings is my infatuation with and devotion to the human figure and portrait. I am fascinated by the timeless emotional resonance of figurative art. Be it a 500-year-old Renaissance painting, or a mid-20th century photograph, we relate to and empathize with images of people. Portraits serve as a window into the past and into the life of both the sitter and the artist; however, they also serve as a mirror or lens through which we see ourselves and view our own lives. Like the greatest works of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, portrait paintings capture a specific time and place in history, but also speak to the greater universal human experience.
Formally, I love studying the anatomical workings of the body and the subtle temperature shifts within the flesh. Figurative paintings, for me, are primarily a visual record of the dialogue between artist and model; form and color are the language through which that dialogue is spoken. Without a thorough understanding of the structure and the workings of the body, and of artistic principles of color and composition, any message is garbled and poorly conveyed. My paintings consist of many layers of paint and subtle shifts from warm to cool skin tones; the superficial temperature shifts support the underlaying anatomical structure and represent the layers of blood, muscles, skin, and the effects of light playing on the flesh.
Emotionally, I strive for honesty and authenticity in my work. I want to create not only an accurate likeness, but also convey an emotional truth about the model, or at least my perception of the model. The images that have had the greatest emotional impact on me are the ones that I have wanted to sit down an have a conversation with -- images that I felt were talking to me, in their own way. I am uninterested in backgrounds or settings, seeing them as props and stages that detract from the singular integrity of the model. For me, a single figure or portrait is so ripe with dualities and relationships -- between the artist and model, the individual and universal, the past and the future, the corporeal and the sublime -- that anything else is distraction. Though a singular portrait and figure is a deceptively simple subject, the emotional possibilities are endless and it is a resource which I haven’t yet tired of mining.
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