Several months ago I was approached by ITOYA in Japan and asked to collaborate on a 2017 calendar featuring my paintings. ITOYA operates stationary stores and cafés, the calendar is available exclusively in Japan.
It was a careful process to select the right images, and the designer did a great job. The calendar turned out much better than I anticipated. It is large and represents my paintings well. It is made with high end materials and in limited numbers.
It is printed on a heavy weight, sturdy paper in full color – but I am only sharing black and white sneak peeks here.
I found a bunch of Penguin Classics that I’ll be featuring in some upcoming paintings — this painting is the first study.
Nineteen Eighty-Four is one of my favourite books. Although it is fascinating, I actually don’t fear that the world depicted in it is the one we live in. It’s more like the one we are afraid we live in, and the truth is we actually live in a Brave New World which seems equally as terrifying.
These past few months for me in the studio have been about making sure I keep the pleasure of painting alive. They’re about experimenting and finding new paths and directions. I’m not abandoning the paintings that have almost come to be expected from me, I’m just adding a few more ideas.
As a painter, I’ve always felt that the primary goal of what I do is to make an image that brings pleasure in a way and has a touch of timelessness.
My work has been, for several years, shifting toward a stark, near-white ground. These three paintings signal a shift to adding more immediate color to my paintings. I thought an obvious dose of primary colors would be a good place to start.
These are my prototypes that will eventually take me in a new direction. New ideas and experimenting happening in the studio – it’s exciting.
Oh, summer. You make it so hard to stay focussed in the studio. The lure of the sunny beaches and trails to explore. Please grant me a few overcast or rainy days so I can lock myself in the studio for a few hours to finish these paintings.
Once these two paintings are complete, they’ll be heading to the Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, California.