“’Sidewalk of Earthly Delights”
oil on canvas
18″ x 24″
New for the Street Stories exhibit at BrassWorks Gallery. Contact the gallery or DM me for more info.
’Sidewalk of Earthly Delights’ is an homage to Bosch’s ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’. Like Bosch’s painting, my aim was a chaotic mix of absurdity. Painted during the Covid-19 pandemic, the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin seemed an appropriate metaphor to use in my painting. The street scene depicted shows a community in the midst of a plague of rat-flies – which as anyone who lives in the city knows can be difficult to control. Like we are experiencing in real life, the reactions of the neighbors range from horror to benign indifference. They appear skeptical of the savior, in the form of a piper, while he leads the rat-flies away. The supporting cast consists of the type of strange and wonderful creatures that dwell in the city. There are always surprises when walking down a busy street, and I included that in my painting. From the wealthy to the poor, the exhibitionists to the dog walkers, not everything can be easily explained, and must just be accepted.
The Naked Truth is live now! The art exhibit features work by five diverse figurative artists from the Baltimore region including myself. The accompanying podcast is also live and the first two episodes are available to stream now. The other artists are Lania d’Agostino, Douglas Johnson, Jasjyot Singh Hans and Kieran Solley. The practice of working with models has always been a part of my training, and most artists for hundreds of years. This show is a means to highlight that. Here are my pieces from the show and links to purchase
Here’s a short video showing the process of one of these. I use Photoshop and my Cintiq to create everything. I record it using OBS and edit with Adobe Premiere.
This photo was taken in the late 70’s – I was 18 or 19. I learned what I could about latex rubber and molds and created this 7 foot tall Sasquatch…he hung around for several years and came to Ann Arbor with me, holding court in the group ouse I shared with other art students. We dressed him up at parties and he was a hit. His head remained for several years after the body fell apart…and moved with me to DC.