6 x 8"
oil on panel
For me, working on a theme gives me direction and motivation, both of which are sometimes hard to come by if you're a painter.
So I've come up with a new series I'm psyched about titled 'ArtistZ' - inspired by the artists I greatly admire, from A to Z. It took about five minutes to list 23, with U, X and Y still to be determined. Those 23 were easy, artists I've loved for years - through artbooks and visits to museums.
Starting with A - Ivan Albright. As a teenager, I discovered Albright in the Art Institute of Chicago. Two of his large, tall paintings hung on each side of a threshold and I'd beeline straight to those paintings as soon as I entered the museum. His famous 'Picture of Dorian Gray', commissioned for the title painting in the 1943 movie and 'That Which I Should Have Done I Did Not Do (The Door), which is my personal favorite, featured in my painting. Years back, I traveled all the way to New York City to see a retrospective of Albright's work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - so very unforgettable.
What I love about Albright's work is how meticulous he worked, his fascination with decay and death as subjects and his self-portraits that were done in various styles through many years of his life.
I hope you enjoy this new series.
~ Happy 4th