9 x 12"
oil on panel
I always hoped, since I first saw Wayne Thiebaud's paintings in the 80's, that I could meet him in person and praise him for being one of my biggest influences. He resides in California and now that he's 98 years old, I'd say there's a slim chance.
I'd put Thiebaud's subject matter in three categories - ordinary object such as wedges of pie and various, colorful foods, tubes of lipstick, shoes, etc - landscapes that include elevated views of California land and exaggerated cityscapes of San Francisco - and figuratives of family members and friends like the one I feature in my painting Two Kneeling Figures.
What sets Thiebaud apart is what you really can't appreciate unless you see it in the flesh. The thickness of paint, the brush strokes and swirls and the edges. Oh those edges. Pop Art artists like Warhol used hard, mechanical edges but Thiebaud uses loose, multi-colored, almost vibrating edges that make my jaw drop. And that is why his work has been such an influence. He puts the fun in the process and that's something I always try to remember.
For my upcoming show The Ladies at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston.
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