Our responsibility to the animals and ecosystem are examined in this painting. Two suburban houses oddly resemble a grounded ark. many pairs of animals inhabit the scene peacefully in the windows can be seen the three graces of animal rights, left to right Tippi Hedrin, Betty White, and Doris Day. the classic three graces birdbath is a hint. a rabbit, a fox, a crocodile, and a dog, play a musical chairs game of sorts, with their different strageties for survival. frequent procreation, adaptive cunning, simple direct genetis, and forming a symbiotic relationship with man. This scene is viewed by a neighboring house who's floral wallpaper looks like paw prints. the title can be made out in the foreground shadows.
Watch demonstrates that in this overdeveloped world and thanks to technology. there is no privacy assumed. on this seemingly quiet street, not only are the neighbors keeping an eyeon things but so are the houses themselves and even day to day items seem to have curious nature. the power grid and the porch detail seem weblike in this quiet existence. random items on the porch take on a malevolent nature , a copy of Harper Lee's lost book "To Set A Watchman" in which Atticus Finch is a member of the KKK; a 'bowl of cherries form a salacious mouth with iris eyes with a "tall drink of water guarding her from the binoculars with their face like elements, near a butterfly net and hook for readied aggression. This street thrust down to a unknown destiny of radical change.
In a deserted manor's private library, in order to experience a getaway, This man-child has stretched a canvas by Turner over the obsolete books! (my mother had Franklin mint books that came monthly which i poured over) (Turner painted amazing skies which were actually due to global effect of a huge Indonesian volcano eruption.) He has used old Apple cords and ear pods to bind the bound books. this creates an almost harlequin pattern. But the strict order of his plan unlaces and devolves into inevitability. He has also made a hammock between what appears to be two potted palms but are in fact two taxidermy ostriches with their head in the sand. Novelty taxidermy is a current trend. He lays on the hammock daydreaming while his ipad charges so he can finish readin Marquez's "One Hundred Years of Solitude" ( with it's great hammock scene, as it and many lights and fans add to his comfort, being powered by auto batteries.. As he daydreams we can see the hammock and the 'feather/palms'form a relaxed face. In one corner a strap has snapped allowing access to the bound version of the Marquez book, but he is oblivious. Is it an example of the lengths men will go to find peace and harmony within their scope of the world. with a preferred order and controlor is it a cautionary tale of our nature to dismiss what has worked for centuries for the new and novel even if wasteful and impractical. Or is it just my coping with the loss of the beloved bookstores.
Mexico ia a fascinating place where the primal Aztecs and Mayans clashed with the catholic missionaries to evlove into a rich colorful culture of amazing creativity and soul. Children at a party recreate a primitive sacrifice near an Aztec altar relic and a church , with a goat pinata, this scene is watched over by the wonderful comedian Continflas. A youth's thumbs still has a bit of magic, that is attacked by an eagle, recreating the flag but also symbolizing America's profiting from that magic. I the acid like atmoshere, can be seen Diego Rivera behind an iron gate that resembled a veiled woman
A large albino praying mantis protects it's "home" a Thomas Kincaid commemorative plate of a snowy cottage. She has set up home below replicas of the doorway arches of the Taj Mahal, another temple to a real woman. Her collected shiny objects, littered around her are the priceless jewels of Elizabeth Taylor, the patron saint of this nature. Her superlative gems are laid out in a manner that recreates the Last Supper, the other example of the most extrteme devotion. They sit on a porcelain commemotative centerpiece, Each letter in her name, representing each marriage (as well her careeras an actress, the center A, although this title is scratched out and replaced by "angel". below all this is a litany of broken china, the collateral damage of every movie Elizabeth Taylor starred in. The result of her insatiable need! The title can be found in the center plate piece, the china pattern is "NEED>"
ORIGIN36" x 48" Two monkeys tear at an oversized be on an 'Oregon Honey' poster, thinking it's a monster, though in truth it is the supreme life giver. They stand on obsolete typewriters with the histories of Shakespear in them ( monkeys in a room with typewriters, a metaphoe to evolution & also the Royal typewriters ' winners' writing the history) Their as they tear the Oregon is converted to Origin and the Honey becomes One. As they seek explanation, their tears reveal a dilapitatingRubens crucifiction fresco underneath, with stars & sky under that. The tears also form a portrait of Darwin, who looks very much like the Christian Lord.
Thecelebration for the San Francisco Giants winning their 8th World Series inspired me while i was watching the game at Original Joe's. The emotions in the bar were palpable. That power of collective positive energy moved me to paint this. My sister married the son of Al Rosen, who took them to the Series in '89 so Giants culture is part of my heritage. A ghost pitcher's throw is caught by a mitt formed by eight tigers. Tigers are solitary animals and therefore have no group name(school,gaggle, flock etc.) But since their in the cat family it would be deferred to a Pride. These tigers have against all odds banded together to assist in a powerful task of catching the baseball and it's glory. (the tigers also represent the team colors). All around thisunusual scene are fans and supporters at a sports bar. phones go up for selfies and snapshots as we synthesize our lives through our phones. Amongst the trophies and souvenirs in the bar scene we can make out the ghosts of three Giants Legends from different eras Hubbel , Bombgarner, MayesThe legacy lives on forever.
A group of large 'elephants in the room' burst through the urban cityscape, whileghosts of dubious culture icons, survey this scene like gods. Angelina Jolie,Al Gore, Martin Luther King.Bill Clinton, Putin etc. Reflected in the mirror maze of buildings, canall be seen in multiple reflections of a high wire walker. The machine worksspell out “The greatest show on earth”, and a central building have its vertical lines spell out ,Denial
This painting focuses on our reliance on religion for unity and the evolution of civilization. In the center is the sun, circling him are important symbols. There is a Venus figure being celebrated by a fertility rain dance. The priest's body forms a golden calf. The Venus figures gives birth to Judaism, the peacock on the burning bush, which forms a bust of Moses, the peacock 'eyes' turn into coins, others religions blossom and the coins change to communion wafers forming the Virgin with the help of a cross. An angel holds a scythe, a banner and a spear, symbols of a marshall society, the spear piercing Jeruselum in the world of treasures in the cornucopia. The sun can also be seen as Jesus withthe top of his head and the heavy planks of the crucifix, visible as it is being raised This was my first surreal painting. I started it brown to match my new apartment as a ' painted collage" This painting reflects how religion is necessary for cultural and morality growth. In the center is the sun, adjacent to the al powerful is a fertility symbol a Venus figure. Around her a tribe dancesa rain dance with the lead priest's body forming a 'golden calf' head image . A giant horn of plenty , a cornucopia, encloses them filled with the riches of the earth. In the foreground, a peacock( symbolizing the Jewish pride) sits on a burning bush. This image echos the sculpture of Mosesby Michelangelo. The peacocks feathers produce gold which becomes first coins blooming lilies then communion wafers ultimately forming a madonna praying with the aid of alarge crucifix. To counter the sun and the there standsmanan angel the peacock ther stands an angel, holding a banner, a scythe, & a spear, three symbols of the results of constant warfare. The spear pierces ' jerusalem' on the globe of worldly riches inside the cornucopia.
Painted to be paired with 'FAITH', this painting shows our reliance of things out of our control, and our insistance for hope. In the center is the moon to its side is the sphinx, which was yet to be fully excavated it is surrounded by partygoers watching a burlesque dancer whose feather boa resembles a rabbit's foot. the sphinx guards a mystical dice which hangs over a casino where the starry lights are also medieval torture wheels. the casino and palm trees form the face of Elvis and the casino wings direst toward a celestial figure holding symbols of the Tarot. A sword, a cup, a wand and a pentacle. cards and chips fly and assemble the face of Marilyn Monroe, her lips the dubious apple. Over her head is the fateful hour glass where sand runs and obliterates a liquor based happiness. the central moon can also be viewed as a gypsy dancing with her scarves flowing.
Two lovers are oblivious to the danger of the coming maelstrom., which form two lovers kiss, with the aid of a heart balloon and shawl. Theydance closely believing their love will protect them as they dance very near the edgethis gilt barge near the most romantic city in the world. the baroque putti and cornicopia form the faces of content beauty queens. the tile is in the inlaid floor that echoes the 'Love' painting by Robert Indiana.
A family football game is played near a private dock while the ghost of Kennedy watches on. game pieces and trophies are littered about to show the legacy of a family. This painting explores the two sides of a man. the left side is striving for glory and virility. these men are all about the ball and conquest. The gamepieces form the profile of Marilyn Monroe., symbolized by the white cat in diamonds. the right side is trying to maintain the family. these men are aware of each other's situation and want to support. The older fallen center patriarch is similar in form and shadow to the king chess piece to the side. The piesec on this side camaflage the profile of Jacquiline Kennedy, symbolized by the black cat in pearls. The title can be seen in the pilings in the dock
Lovers recover after a passionate afternoon "delight." Questions about possibilities lazily waft through their psyches! The lady reclines her angelic shell nearby , now a 'hollow 'victory' ( a winged victory is an angelic sculpture from Greece now in the Louvre stairway ) The petrified tree hides a watchful profile and its branches holdmany chairs representing infinite options in relationships. The Limbs stretch out and recreate the couple's lovemaking in the limbs! Two cruise ships ( LOVE BOAT) sail in opposite directions destined to soon become ships passing in the night. The chandelier represents the Chrystal clear joyous memory we seek when we have these encounters. The title INDIFFERENCE. is on his waistband!
This volatile scene echoes the pain of Matthew Shepard, the gay martyr from Colorado. He is bound to a barbed wire fence hazed with his pants lowered. Beneath hi is the fertile earth with ample bosom as we look down her body from atop her head toward mountainous legs preparing for more birth and inevitable pain and glory. Procreating with the knowledge that what you create will have extreme happiness and extreme pain. Looking downward the image shifts to an bearded man, his hands folding for prayer. His wild 'hair' in the treeleaves camouflages multiple scenes of gang violence. These are the byproducts of developping civilization and not much has changed
In the clouds, Prometheus and his eagle look down on a sleeping manas all the imagery ofour collective consciousness creeps out toreek havoc on him as he dozes. Branches represent magic, love, heritage, femininity, fetishism, horror, masculinity, home, withimagery forming Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Norman Bates, Bambi,King Kong, George Washington, and many others. One sign readsDream.
Random colorful items fly freely and alter their form in a mythologicalcircus withfaces of Charles Manson, Norma Desmond & other luminaries fly around a nude woman with her doll and a homeless man undressed from the waist down.
The contrast of male vanity and female vanity is exploredin this painting. In the clouds can be seen Napoleon on a huge horse, based on a David painting which Napoleon demanded a regal horse instead of the small one he rode.He points toward the sun, which is a gold coin. nearby Icarusgives a final reach for it and the two form the face of Apollo. In the center a debutante is coming of age taking down her hair, and gliding through six manicured white rose bushes painted red, a nod to Alice in wonderland and symbolizing menstruation as she is about to meet the phallic red lipstick of female vanity. near the lipstick is a strange Griffin type monster catching a drop of golden sun. his tails shoot out women's pump shoes that are caught with butterfly nets. This golden landscape and piles of shoes forms the figure of Madonna lying on her back. She looks up at a petrified tree that was once Marilyn Monroe, worshiping the diamond moon.
The Trojan Horse story is retold in a fanciful waywhere the 1000 ship launched are replaced by airships representing the planets. All manner of warfare is being planned and practiced by over a hundred little soldiers ( or children playing). Under the horse, the soldiers form three heads based on Ruben's 'Judgement of Paris', with the central head being crowned and the soldiers spell out 'love', but that is a red herring. Thetitle is spelled out in the tent flags, what all war is really about. Deception.
This is done in a simpler style as it was a gift. Two regional birds exist the serene setting of this desert town.
The entire plot ofMacbeth can be seen in this painting rich in Shakespearean symbolism and theatrical tricks. Lady Macbeth tugs at the psycheof Macbethas she gazes upon the murdered king on his bed. Macduff on the left holds an olive branch and his egg (legacy) is killed. Banquo stands on the right holding a red scarf for his death scene and his 'egg' is crowned. Machbeth's Castle holds the gates of Hellas demons fornicate transforming into dragons.
Trying to pay homage to the hippest princess with the golden heart and hair.
This painting representsthe sin we consume. There are nuances of sex and greed. The form is almost a dollar sign, being pulled out of a marinara orgy that subtly form a lady's features. Sin isa part of humanity. It's just a matter of how much sin we can live with.