Saturday, April 26, 2008

Body Mask

This is the photographic progression of a work I call "Body Mask". It is acrylic paint on plexiglas over a gridded photograph, printed in color and black and white. Size 24 x 9 inches, 2008.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Love, Lover and Beloved

"Love," Paint on Canvas, 70 x 57 inches, 2008

"Lover," Paint on Canvas, 61 x 50 inches, 2008

"Beloved," Paint on Canvas, 96 x 58 inches, 2008

Sufis believe that all is connected as part of God. One way to describe God is through the phrase "God is Love, Lover and Beloved," made known by the famous poet Rumi. I've created 3 paintings to describe my idea of what it means to be human, have feelings and be part of all that is connected.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Hand, Heart and Skull

This is a series of three works that I feel are connected. It is like an update of human body paintings I have done in the past, but also about the now. Probably the first interest I had in painting the body was 10 years ago, and I felt that I was somehow revising that work. In those paintings from a decade ago, I worked with depicting parts of the body in fields of black & white. Hands, torsos, hearts and skulls were the majority of the subjects.
So this is also a return to the body after much artwork revolving around energy.

I hope you enjoy the art.

"Hand", Paint and Egg Yolk on Plexiglas, 12 x 8.5 inches, 2008
The first painting was this Hand. I posed for myself. Does it look like my hand?

"Heart of Allah", Paint and Egg Yolk on Plexiglas, 12 x 8.5 inches, 2008
This is the reverse side of the Hand painting. On the heart is an Arabic script for the word Allah.

"Skull of Light", Paint and Egg Yolk on Wood Panel, 12 x 13 inches, 2008
This was the third painting and as I painted I felt an increasing pull toward light. There is a glow around this skull. Praise to the human body!