Statement

My work is heavily influenced by painting history, especially American and European postwar modernist.  I use an array of styles and motifs arranged specifically to create balance within the picture plane. The construction of my compositions are based on design theory. My creative process is impacted by many areas of art such as documentaries, graffiti, and the Ulm School of design.  Although I am a collector of source material and stylistic precedents, I do not appropriate references in their entirety.  Setting myself up with the problem of making disparate elements, not so much collaged together, but coexisting in a cohesive provocative manner.

In my work, I am demonstrating the maintenance of desire.  Eating, smoking, touching are an activity of control over one’s yearning.  This is a stress we consistently try to maintain. Even the way you may pose for pictures can be compromised because of a desire or want to be seen as beautiful. This is a continuously perpetuating system contributed to by peers and media. My investigation of this subject lie in my own struggle to manage my own cravings and impulses to be inappropriate.

The protagonists I choose to replicate are ones that I have researched.  In this research, I am drawn to the person or persons which have struggled, endured, or have compromised themselves.  These people usually have a known persona or presence in history or culture.  This choice of character informs the painting and sets a tone for the meaning of the work. My desire to represent these people is to reintroduce and examine concepts or ideas that continue to permeate today’s society.

In an endeavor to break my academic training, the works are painted by my alter ego Bob Johnson. Johnson shows up because of my nature to conform as a creative person, Bob wants to push the boundaries, be provocative.  He allows me to be spontaneous, expressive with unconcerned about the narrative of other.