Sketches for Painting

One of the many themes I’ve worked on over the years is the male figure; in particular the male back, often inspired by classical painting and sculpture. I find The heightened muscular forms and volumes of figures created by renaissance and baroque artists like Michelangelo, Bandinelli and Caravaggio great subjects for abstraction and distortion. Many of the details of figures from antiquity, when looked at with an open perspective create vast conceptual worlds of abstracted landscape and space.

Here I’m making loose color studies as an exploration for larger finished pieces. Its an exercise in balancing control and accident on the way to discovering expressive formal, emotive and metaphysical paths. I’ve included an older oil painting I created years ago in Spain as one of the first forays into this area. It was based on sketches and watercolors I had done from a sculpture of Neptune in the Piazza Signoria in Florence.


Herc, mixed media on paper, 12″ x 9″


Signoria, mixed media, 12″ x 9″

Barcelona Neptune, 1986, oil on canvas

Barcelona Neptune, 1986, oil on canvas, 48″ x 36″


One Response to “Sketches for Painting”

  1. gary the babe destroyer Says:

    well good

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