Gummi Bear Cult: Cherry

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Gummi Bear Cult: Cherry. 15 x 30, Oil on canvas.

I’m in the process of working on a new concept series inspired by my love of horror art and that particularly disturbing scene from “The Shining” with the old man and the furry. It’ll be something I work on and off for the rest of the year.

Last fall I bought a plastic bear mask with black lifeless eyes and came up with an idea to strip my friends nude, have them don the mask and paint them in subtle, menacing poses. Unfortunately, I keep second-guessing myself. I’m unsure if a monochrome palette helps or hinders or whether or not oil was the right medium. This painting was a learning experience for sure. I may revisit/redo it in the future when I have more confidence in the series’ direction.

Special thanks to my friend whom suffered through a hot plastic mask with little ventilation! You’re a trooper!

 

Godzilla vs. Gigan

These two pieces will be on show at the Manayunk Art Festival at the end of June. They are 22 x 28 and created in graphite and watercolor. Both toys are from the mid 80s, Imperial Godzilla and MIHK Bootleg Gigan.

Made in Hong Kong II

With the success of my previous Made in Hong Kong paintings, I’ve decided to work on an extension of the series. Here are the first 10 with another 7 or so in the queue.

Ken

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16 x 16 oil on canvas. Today I finished this portrait of everyone’s (or at least my) favorite Philly bartender; Ken McConaghy! I posed him in my large office chair and lit him from a single light source with some blue and orange gels. Huge thanks to Ken for his willingness to pose!

Dave

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16×16 oil on canvas. My latest painting is a portrait of everyone’s favorite coach/gay uncle/friend Dave Cobb! I experimented using red and green gels over a single light source to add some additional color. Praise goes to Dave for being patient while I worked out my concept!