P18-0714 in progress, July 2018
Some years ago, it occurred to me that conveying paint to canvas by means of a system that uses printing plates instead of brushes would save a lot of time and trouble. This indirect, intentionally imprecise production method yields the great pleasure of surprise while providing a concrete way to think about color, surface, scale, seriality, figure/ground, original/copy, and the psychology of visual perception.
Small panel paintings
Less elaborate than the larger paintings, the panel paintings allow me to address how much complexity is "enough" for something to be interesting to look at.
These are monoprints in India and sumi inks on Arches 88, an unsized, highly absorbant paper. They are based loosely on a 1929 lithograph by Henri Matisse titled Nu renversé près d’une table Louis XV. The sheets are the same proportion and one-quarter the size of Matisse's 26 x 20-inch sheet. I don't refer directly to the Matisse when I work, but I hold the odd composition in mind.