Sunday, November 17, 2013


6 1/4" x 4 1/2"     oil on linen     2013

Over the years, I've done six or seven paintings and many drawings composed around the image of a single person smoking.  I like the theme, and the variations of gesture allow for interesting abstract possibilities. The compositions usually come to me either as a free thought while drawing or from direct experience. This painting, however, was inspired by a recent work by my friend, Marcus Reichert:  Mada Head Blue.

My title, Marko,  reflects the homage, though it's not intended to be an accurate portrait of Marcus.

Mada Head Blue
Marcus Reichert
size and medium unknown

Courtesy of Adelson Galleries Boston

Here are some of my other smokers:

Woman Smoking: Eliza
7 1/2" x 6"    oil on linen     2009
Private Collection, Maine

Eliza with Saigon Martini
6 1/4" x 5"     oil on linen     2000
Private Collection, New York

Lola Smoking
4 1/2" x 4 1/2"     oil on linen     1990
Private Collection, New York

Louie Smoking
4 1/2" x 4 1/2"     oil on linen     1990
Private Collection, New York

Annie Smoking
4 1/2" x 4 1/2"     oil on linen    1989
Private Collection, California

1 comment:

  1. Marko: What weight is yours as you look at me here? What burden mine as I gaze at you there? Is it your intention to press hard questions, to map out what was and is amid the thick tobacco smoke of earnest conversations?



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