Thursday, August 22, 2013

Two New Paintings

Since completing Interior at Night last month, I've finished two small paintings: Nauset Beach and Julian's Treatment.  

Nauset Beach
7" x 4"     oil on linen     2013

The first, Nauset Beach, is a relatively simple composition, juxtaposing yellow and blue, and counterbalanced with black. I've always liked working with the basic theme of a bather wearing a cap at the beach and being able to place a strong note of color against a blue field. Here are two more paintings, from 1990 and 1992:


Bather: Lifeguard
4 1/2" x 4 1/2"     oil on linen     1990
Private Collection, Maine

Bather: Gray Day
4 1/2" x 4 1/2"    oil on linen     1992
Private Collection, Massachusetts

The second new painting, Julian's Treatment, originates from a set of drawings about men and women having beauty procedures.

Julian's Treatment
6" x 4 1/4"     oil on linen     2013

6 comments:

  1. Love 'em, Andrew. I'm partial to paintings at the beach. And Julian's Treatment may need to be part of a post on my blog in the future if you agree! ~Best, Allison

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  2. Thanks, Allison! You're very welcome to include the image in your blog, anytime.

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  3. It's a little late, but I'm just catching up on my email and reading this now. I am never disappointed when I see new work from you, which is strange because usually, say like with musicians, the second album is never as good as the first. However, with your work, it's like each time you bring something completely new and fresh into your painting that both surprises and delights me. You are a major artistic talent here in the US, and I'm so glad to have discovered your work!

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  4. All the heads are new to me, and exquisite. They are so large in every way, it's always a shock to read the dimensions. Some kind of strange magic.

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  5. Thank you, Jenifer and Anonymous ... your comments are much appreciated!

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  6. I love the bather paintings. Is it my imagination or does the recent bather seem more reluctant to brave the current that her younger counterparts? The lifeguard seems positively eager by comparison. Passing years, perhaps? I have this thought that your new bather's resolve is being tested, but, nonetheless, she is facing what lies ahead with stoic acceptance and determination.

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