Quintessence is located somewhere between the artist childhood memories and his adulthood amnesia. It is a simple childish art history themed dragon "the great destroyer" diving into the rationales of adulthood with fears of racism and phobias rooted much deeper than the cartoon projected images of innocence at first glance. It attacks the serious themes of life and adulthood with childhood silliness and comic wit. The painting intertwines the Asian cultures to point out common place racism in America, balancing between the Taiwanese religious or mythological dragon, Chinese foods, sauces and lanterns, as well as the Japanese fans and dolls. As with every painting it is a version of a self-portrait. The 39 Japanese dolls represent the artist age. Many of the juxtapose images come from the artist childhood and adolescent years. Quintessence will blow the mind of any viewer with its intense visuals, deeper meanings and vibrant colors. It's a great conversation starter.
Acrylic on Canvas
54 x 50 (4 FT 6 Inches by 4 FT 2 Inches)
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I am a painter, draftsman, graphic artist, photographer and poet. My work is mainly associated with Abstract expressionism, Symbolism and Pop Art. I strive to merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction.
I was born in Kansas City, MO. I earned my BFA in Studio Art/ Oil Painting from Central Missouri State University in 2002, Graduating in Paris, France, on a Museum Study Tour. In 2010 I secured my second BA in Art Education from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. After finishing school I taught Secondary Art Education for five years in the public education system. In my early thirties I was introduced to the city of New Orleans and fell deeply in love with the town. In 2015, my wife and I visited the city for our first wedding anniversary and I became so inspired by the deep rooted culture, celebration for life and the appreciation for the arts that the city had to offer. Because of that adoration we moved from Kansas City to New Orleans in 2016.
I work in a myriad of media; favoring painting, poetry, drawing, collage, digital art and photography. My process involves creating all that I experience, feel and contemplate delineated onto paper, canvas or lighted screens. I'm an avid art and art history lover, visiting many museums and galleries in both America and in Europe. These influences transcend throughout my body of work. I strive to initiate a dialogue with the viewer and their cultural context through an artistic exploration of how people see things around them. My work ranges from realistic portraits to abstract symbolism. My primary subject is the female form and flowers that are marked by eroticism. In addition to my figurative works, which include allegories and portraits, I also enjoy painting abstract landscapes.
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