Painting In Series
I did not make one single blog in 2020, most of us would understand why. 2020 was probably the craziest year I have ever lived and I've been around since 1966. But in reality as my art is concerned it was actually very productive.
I recently moved to the Antelope Valley in the summer of 2017, and from that summer to probably 2019 I was very occupied with the whole moving into a new location and buying a home. I had made a commitment to begin to paint in oil. So in January of 2019 I set a goal of completing 100 oil paintings.
The main reason for this was not just to understand oil or to create a work ethic. But rather to really try to understand my subject matter, or my painting philosophy. To get a little on my back story I will briefly fill you in.
I work in series, I have been doing this since 1980's, this concept of series is like graduating from one level to another or like taking what I've learned and pushing it to the next level.
In the 1980's I was working in the graffiti/ Neo-expressionism movement, very influenced by the New York school. Including the graffiti artists like Futura, Haring, Zephyr, Dondi and many others. Also very influenced by Basquiat, Schnabel, Warhol, and many others, wishing I would go to New York and paint with theses personalities. (more of the 80's in future blogs)
In the 1990's I was now painting murals, after the Los Angeles riots in 1992 I began to paint boarded up window with messages of hope and inspiration. This lead to painting murals almost on a full time bases. My easel work was now being influenced by my work in murals which lead to re-connecting with the Mexican great muralist. I met other Mexican American muralist which introduced me to the Los Angeles Chicano art circle. I was now exploring my culture with an influence of Graffiti, of course this seemed odd to many other painters but many embraced this new generation of urban Chicano.