Apparitions (2009-2012)

Artist Statement

The intersection of multiple worlds has become part of our contemporary visual language. Mass media, internet, cell phones, signage and graffiti are all part of our everyday landscape. Everywhere we look images are layered upon images, various different worlds overlapping each other.  The idea of multiple realities extends well beyond contemporary visual experience. Science, literature, religion and mythology all contain ideas of alternate worlds: afterlife, ghosts, dreams, transformation, parallel universes and higher dimensions to name but a few.

I am exploring the language of merging possibilities as both the subject and the form of my paintings. Rooted in modernist painting concepts, the struggle between illusion and surface in these paintings is akin to seeing different television channels at once. They are a glimpse of converging realities, where smeared, encrusted and splashed apparitions float over/under/through other images.

 

Raven (2011), oil & gold leaf on canvas, 35 x 55 inches

Raven (2011), oil & gold leaf on canvas, 35 x 55 inches

 

 

 

Golden Stag (2012), oil on canvas, 35 x 59 inches

Golden Stag (2012), oil on canvas, 35 x 59 inches

 

 

 

Dreaming of Flying (2012), oil on canvas, 39 x 58 inches

Dreaming of Flying (2012), oil on canvas, 39 x 58 inches

 

 

 

Five Bucks (2009), oil on canvas, 28 x 38 inches

Five Bucks (2009), oil on canvas, 28 x 38 inches

 

 

 

The Beach (2009), oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches

The Beach (2009), oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches

 

 

 

Nest (2009), oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches

Nest (2009), oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches

 

 

 

Subway (2008), oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Subway (2008), oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

 

 

 

Fallen Angel (2009), oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Fallen Angel (2009), oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

 

 

 

Angel (2010), oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches

Angel (2010), oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches

 

 

 

 

Bird and Bees (2009), oil on canvas, 36 x 29 inches

Bird and Bees (2009), oil on canvas, 36 x 29 inches

 

 

 

 

 

Kiss (2009), oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Kiss (2009), oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

 

 

 

Berlin, Alexanderplatz (2011), oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

Berlin, Alexanderplatz (2011), oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

 

 

 

Berlin, Boxhagenerplatz (2011), oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

Berlin, Boxhagenerplatz (2011), oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

 

 

 

Berlin, Gorlitzer Park (2011), oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

Berlin, Gorlitzer Park (2011), oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

 

 

 

Berlin, May Day (2011), oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

Berlin, May Day (2011), oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches