Painting Archives: 1985-2020

These Archives are a documentation of both actual finished paintings and those I call "Lost Paintings" ones that were never finished or that I destroyed for various reasons. They remain valuable to me as a documentation of process rather than product.

I will present these images in random order throughout 2020 as I sort through thirty-five years of files and photos. I will add one at least weekly.

Estate Sale ( probably 24x30 -no longer exists)

  Three figures are paying their respects to me and my work and looking for bargains at my garage sale. The short figure with Kleenex in hand for the tears that may come, modestly looking down, is me. I have included cats in my paintings since 1992 when one east-side Montreal cat walked across my balcony and peed on a painting that I had propped up there to view from my kitchen doorway. Probably a good critical review.

 

Below is another version; the distraught figure on the left is my muse.


This one below the very beginning. I started this after my first trip to Greece when I decided I would live and die there, so I needed to get rid of all the stuff I had made and accumulated in cold Canada.


        



Dancing With Fools (2008)   11x14"

 

The woman is not fashioned after anyone I knew; she developed with the painting. The figure on the right holds a canary - the soul, the speaker of truth; the one dancing with the woman clearly admires her. They are all deemed fools, the woman included, because they still can put aside the world and dance.

This painting was completed in December, 2008, as part of a series of studies I did based on a large unfinished painting called "New Order" that I worked on when cracks started appearing in the infrastructure of Western capitalism, and I wanted a crowd dancing in the streets, with figures from Goya's Flagellants and George Bellows' Dance in the Insane Asylum. That painting was over a year in the making and I eventually I destroyed it, unable to finish it to my satisfaction, probably due to the size. The "fools" in these paintings refer to the outcasts of society, the artists, the naive, the keepers of the soul. They are more akin to writer Marius Kociejowski's idea of the Middle Eastern "holy fool" than to the traditional Western version of the clown.

 -from my Painting Notes 2010

(Detail of figures at bottom of large canvas below)


New Order (2008 unfinished)       60" width            

 

I will note final disposition of paintings that do exist:

         Family   (2011)                 Private Collection Greece

 

 

 

When the Circus Leaves Town (2010)        Private collection Canada

 

 

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