Thursday, June 3, 2021

Cat Play

 Here's my most recent painting, finished a few weeks ago:

Cat Play
2021, oil on linen, 15" x 12"

Meanwhile, a painting of four women and a demon is in progress on the easel:

14 3/4 " x 21", oil on linen

This composition is an overt example of a rarely mentioned influence on my work.

Gordon Peers, my brilliant professor at R.I.S.D., opened my eyes to the sophistication and beauty of Ancient Egyptian art. We were at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, looking at a figure carved in limestone, and after a long silence, he said, "Look how these lines curve into infinity."

left: Relief of Nofer, ca. 2551-2494 BCE, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
right: detail from the tomb of Vizier Ramose at Thebes, ca. 1335-1350 BCE

As we viewed more examples, I saw how the outward simplicity overlay a rich complexity of movement and meaning. Work I'd previously thought static and rigid became alive with vibrant energy and rhythm.

Anubis Weighing the Heart of the Theban scribe, Ani
Papyrus of Ani, ca. 1250 BCE, British Museum, London

Three examples of my work where this influence surfaces:

left: Chez Lou Lou, 1991, oil on linen, 32" x 40", Private collection, Massachusetts
right: Woman Drinking at the Blue Lotus, 2004, oil on linen, 24" x 16", Private collection, South Carolina

Subway Loops, 2009, oil on linen, 40" x 50", Wen Long Foundation, Taiwan


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