Live Art Show October 29
#1 The Matrix$399.00
The Matrix, 2021
6" x 6" prints with 8.25" x 8.25" frames, in this 6 x 6 configuration 57" x 57" overall.
This compendium of my work is made up of both fan favorites and of my own favorites. Some of these images are from the very start of my mandala building like "Joy in Gold" and others just created weeks ago like "Star of Caroline."
This piece commemorates the Eight Year Anniversary of my building of these human form Mandalas. And because life can have odd coincidences, I also want to celebrate the 8 models I have used over these 8 years. In the Matrix are all 8 models over 8 year of work.
They are the result of many experiments most of them were failures. You may find many of these are variations on a similar theme... and they are. Stay tuned for more!
#2 Chrystal Color$399.00
Chrystal Color, 2019
24" x 24" Round cut acrylic print. The color and high resolution of printing on acrylic are unmatched any where else.
The model is in a hand stand and her body forms a beautiful sign wave. I used that sign wave by attaching image hand to hand and foot to foot. Now she formed a longer wave form. This time I added color to the mix. She was then stepped around in a circle. At this point it formed a very pretty mandala, but I knew if I flipped or Mirrored the image, I'd get a wonderful weave pattern. That is what you see here... I love the delicate feel of this complicated image and the decorative use of color.
I love my work either printed or stretched in a circle. On acrylic the color is quite intense and brilliant. Also the round laser cut is perfectly executed. I love working in these materials, although they come with a higher price tag, you will love the quality.
#3 The Dandelion$333.00
The Dandelion, 2020
36" x 36" round stretched canvas.
I like this piece for three reasons. "The Dandelion" is one of my favorites because from a distance and from somewhat close up it does appear to be a dandelion going to seed. It is not until you get closer that it starts to resolve into a series of nude poses. This image more than any other hits the sweet spot I am trying to hit with most all of these collages. This piece is more flower than collection of nudes. The second reason is it seems to work at whatever size you print it, large or small. And the third reason is I do like how well it works in black and white. It sometimes feels like an etching or pen & ink. I simply love this illusion!
#4 Peacock Arabesque$249.00
Peacock Arabesque, 2020
29" x 29" Canvas wrapped around circular frame.
I have been privileged enough to work with a ballerina many years ago. She had a way of moving around the room that was so elegant... and that was before we started. I can not think of a more beautiful pose than the arabesque and this model shined while in the pose. I think it shows grace and sophistication. Also power. How are they able to do that and make it look effortless?
This mandala was easy to build and once done it had a very constructionist feel. Color was going to be important. This color use here I call the color stain method or "Tie-Die." The color is added last and overall like a tie-die, rather than to each image at the start of construction. This gives color a softer feel. On this project the final color reminded me of a peacock's display, hence the title "Peacock Arabesque."
#5 The Lotus Garden$699.00
The Lotus Garden, 2021
The Garden Series / The Yoga Series
This large montage is based on the fan favorite the "Golden Lotus." This piece is made up of 6 prints ranging in size from 36" x 36" down to 18" x 18." As they are laid-out here, they cover 110" x 54" or nearly the entire wall.
As the title implies, it depicts a garden of 6 lotus flowers in bloom. This mandala is based on a model posed in the yoga Lotus. I have always felt she gives the pose much power and stoic beauty. This pose is then strung like beads along the elegant curve of the golden ratio. It is simply beautiful how it curves gracefully from the foreground back to almost infinite in the background and then twists back to the foreground. In spite of the static pose there is great movement in these mandalas due to the golden ratio. They are very mesmerizing.
12 x 12 inch, Printed on Metal Paper/Mat/Frame 19” Dated, numbered limited edition and signed by the artist.
The metalized paper adds a dimension regular paper does not have. In some areas light is reflected back off of the surface and will sparkle if bright enough. Also, the super smooth surface accepts ink better than paper and will show greater detail. And, if that wasn't enough, the blacks are even blacker...
This item is in the Yoga series. All the poses in this piece are yoga poses... all but one it’s a dance pose and that is where this piece gets its name; "Afterthought." It was an afterthought to add a non-yoga pose to the mix. However, all 8 poses are of the same model, shouldn't that count for something?
#7 Golden Lotus$299.00
The Golden Lotus
35" x 35" round stretched canvas.
My intention in all of these works is to play with idea "Is the image as a whole more interesting than just the sum of the parts?" Are the mandala's the subject or are the nudes? When the pieces work the best it can be either. Some pieces are more nudes than mandalas and some are more mandalas than nudes…there is a balance there. I like how the energy can change as that balance changes.
Perhaps no other piece depicts this balance more elegantly that the "Golden Lotus." It is a fan favorite. It is very compelling as the images flow from large to infinitely small along the soft and shrinking curve derived from the Golden Ratio. Is this math or is it art?
A friend stopped by briefly as I was looking at it, I showed it to her and she simply said “Wow!” And after staring into it for a few moments she added “I could get lost in this for hours…its mesmerizing!”
That is exactly what I want to happen. Success!
#8 Tiny Dancer$3,900.00
The Tiny Dancer, 2021
24 Inches Tall, Brand New Bronze! (This is a plastic rosin intermediate statue that will be poured very soon)
One of my favorite models had a habit of standing around in the most spectacular contrapposto pose. I had to ask her if she was Italian or just what her story was. Turns out she's a salsa dancer. She knew how to influence her figure to always look feminine. Very Feminine! So I knew it was time to work in 3D again. "Tiny Dancer" is the results of my attempt to capture her brand of contrapposto. It's funny some women can get into this pose very easily others can't get near it no matter how hard they try. So I always ask this tiny dancer for a bit more twist. And she always does.
#9 Joy in Gold$499.00
Joy in Gold, 2016
A larger piece, it comes in at 24" x 24" premium print with a black frame and mat, the overall size is 29" x 29" This high end frame comes complete with nonglare glass.
Joy in Gold is one of my first works...
The Golden Series came about for two reasons. The first, in my mind's eye I started to see these images in 3D and thought it would be marvelous to see them in bronze or gold. The second reason is the figures in gold seem to turn them away from being nude humans and into something more abstract like sculptures.
"Joy in Gold" is one of my favorites because it strikes a perfect balance between the series of small nude images and a very pleasing the overall mandala.
#10 Front to Back$196.00
Front to Back, 2018
16 x16 inch, Metal Print
One of the more provocative mandalas in my collection, the Front to Back print features the model in a classic contraposto pose. The model is painted in very soft, pastel colors and this metal print has caught those hues perfectly. (metal prints are also known for their great color saturation and reproduction.)
I was trying to use the colors and math of nature to invoke the vision of a patch of flowers going into bloom.
#11 Crack the Whip$299.00
Crack the Whip, 2018
14" x 14” Premium paper print, mat & frame overall 22" x 22“
Crack the whip is a series made up of a ballerina leaping. Her simple geometric pose is offset by shooting it at a 45° angle. I believe it gets its energy from shooting it at such an appealing angle. I worked out her sizing and spacing mathematically as her image nearly vanishes into infinity. She now appears to be touching finger tip to finger tip. I added pure colors to each group almost forming a color wheel... The color again gives the image more energy...
I when finished it reminded me of Homer's "Snap the whip." Hence the name "Crack the Whip" as we called it in my days...
#12 The Sleeper$7,800.00
The Sleeper, 2020
Brook Stone Sculpture Series
54 x 36 inch Sculpture, The sleeper is the third in the series of four brook stone sculptures. Originally conceived as "Lost Installations" the series was to be left in nature on a riverside or seashore. Then the pieces were meant to be discovered by hikers or passersby. But my first "Lost Installation" disappeared almost immediately. So much for that fun Idea. So now, how about someone buys it and then chooses to leave it in the wilderness, or at least, the wilderness of their own creation: yard, garden, drive or landscaping.
#13 Wheel In The Sky$299.00
Wheel in the sky, 2013
14 x 14 inch, Premium paper, Mat & Frame 22“
Probably the earliest mandala I built out of the human forms. This image was shot with traditional film and black and white paper (silver salts). I scanned it for digital manipulation and this is when I had the idea of making a simple collage with the cutout body form. That was 2013. This image is made up of simple circles stepped behind one another and reduced in size.
I colorized the then black & white image and then set a sky scene in the background. I like the old illustration feel of this piece. With the sky background, I like the Rene Magritte feel it seems to have.
#14 Plastic Dream$189.00
The Plastic Dream, 2016
36 x 36 inch, Printed on 1/2" foam Core
Again right near the end of my Minion series. Color and painterly photoshop filters make the figure studies that make up the composition flow together and give the overall image more movement. This is a fan favorite and one of my very first sales!
14" x 14” Premium paper print, mat & frame, overall 22" x 22“ A simple symmetrical pose from a very beautiful body builder works very well in this simple mandala. I liked how the body seemed to pulse with power, so I added the lighting effect. I think it works well. And that's where this piece gets its name.
The mandalas I build range from very large, complicated images made up of thousands of figures to far more simple mandalas made up of just a hand full of images. The simple images can be quite provocative where the complex designs are far less. These mandalas all have their own balance between the mathematics / sacred geometry and the individual figure studies that build them. I enjoy watching for the "Ah-ha" moment when the observer first sees the figures. This happens quickly in some cases and not at all in others...
#16 Brookstone Lotus$8,900.00
The Brook Stone Lotus, 2021
This is a sculpture compiled in thousands of marble to pea sized brook stones. The classic yoga/lotus pose captures the model's youthful and fit body form in a very powerful spiritual act. Capturing that spiritual act was my intent more than the beauty of her body form, but I think the power of this piece comes from both. This pile of stones measures 36" wide by 34" tall and 18" deep. It weighs in at 96 lbs. (just 2 pounds off the models true weight)
#17 I love Candy$249.00
I Love Candy, 2018
12 x 12 inch, printed on acrylic.
I Love Candy is one of my last works in the Minions Series. The series was centered around making large assemblages of the human body form, often with little or no patterning. This print is when I started adding color. And boy did I - color to the max!
You will never see better more juicy color than this acrylic print. Acrylic prints are known for their wonderfully rich color. That is why I chose to print this very colorful image on acrylic. And wow, is it beautiful!
29 x 29 Inch, Round stretched canvas, The Chrystaline Series – This series is made up of only one image (one model in one pose).
This series is a tour de force in what can be accomplished with just one image. I enjoyed this singular challenge of making designs, knowing I still have no limits to the combinations of size, angle, color, repeat and placement. One of my very favorite final images in the series is the "Chrystal Pendant". This image has a light airy quality I did not expect. Also, the drop shadow enhances the image giving it a 3D look.
I am working on developing these items into 3D as I write this… look for them in the near future.