June 01, 2022 0 Comments
This past year I have been exploring different ways to express my art. I have always been interested in art that incorporates lighting as a built-in feature. Buildings, cars, streetlights, and signs that are actually lit from within by LED lights, are now central components to some of my new work.
Each LED Sculptural Painting is uniquely designed to allow for light to show from within, as opposed to being lit from above. When they are not plugged into an electric outlet, the sculptural paintings appear as a regular painting. When you plug them in, the magic happens!
More New Paintings!
Four new pieces were recently unveiled last month, featuring different Scenes of Minneapolis. This includes "The Thorpe", "Prospect Park", "C.C. Club", "A Slice of New York".
Big thanks to ALL who came out to see me for Art-A-Whirl this year. It's always great to see so many familiar faces. I really appreciate all the love and support you have given me through the years. Special thanks to NEMAA for helping build AAW into the massive success it is today!
Reflecting on the last 20 years
Over the past 20 years, I have seen my work continue to evolve, while witnessing the changing landscape of architecture, and perhaps most importantly, our communities. And although somethings haven't changed, I still love painting in a wavy, bent, and distorted style. I also see the world through a more experienced eye.
Over the years, my perspective has changed in so many ways. Starting out as a younger artist, I grappled with how to express emotion through the canvas. I wanted to create art that made you feel a deep connection to a certain place or location.
My style borrows from the darker and more whimsical aesthetics of 90's culture. The 1990's made a huge impression on my creative direction. It was the time I spent at Art School. The time when grunge and indy music found it's way into the mainstream. And the time we still made art before the Internet age grabbed a foothold. The world seemed like fertile ground for creating something new and different. I wasted no time taking advantage of this opportunity to create.
Here I am today at the age of 51. Much more humbled, though equally eager to improve as an artist as well as a human being. I am a proud parent to an incredibly smart, witty, and occasionally mischievous 10 year old boy. I've had a chance to travel the world and absorb new perspectives different from my own. There is a richness in what I have experienced and learned throughout these past 20 years that brings an added sense of depth to the work I do today. I still wake up everyday, inspired to make art. That feeling never goes away.
June 16, 2022 0 Comments