George Is Dead, 2011, oil on canvas, 64 x 76 in.
Del Fango, 2009, oil on canvas, 64 x 76 in.
Cliff Music, 2011, oil on canvas, 84 x 60 in.
Rip Rap, 2011, oil on canvas, 53 x 62 in.
Lotus Eaters, 2011, oil on canvas, 78 x 68 in.
Rapid East, 2010, oil on canvas, 68 x 78in.
Copulative Magnum, 2010, oil on canvas, 60 x 84 in.
I have been studying the Old Masters, abstracting their compositions. I started with Rubens, Correggio and Raphael, then branched out to less likely combinations of Poussin and Bougereau. Now it’s the animaliers of the 17th & 18th centuries, the boar hunts and dogfights. By combining the hounds from these genres with the figures from more epic scenes the dogs become a dysfunctional Greek chorus further confusing the summarizing of a scene. I am less interested in the narrative than the elements and forms that inspire the abstraction, and movement, with a larger range of color combinations. By combining figures from a variety of artists in a range of eras, I want to transport them from their original meaning into the contemporary domain and the challenge of newer interpretations.