2011, Alkyd on canvas, 30″ x 24″
What does this all mean? Well – first and foremost, this a nod to the surreal works I used to do when I first started painting in oils. Make no mistake – it is deliberately self indulgent, possibly even satire of this early period in my life. I had to do this, however, and it is meant to be a lot of fun. It is a dream with many ideas and memories all melded into one complex moment.
As you can see, there are many references to the past, mostly personal. Airplanes, dinosaurs, and fishing, were all obsessions from the time I picked up a pencil, and started to make recognizable shapes. The girl on the horse has no particular significance, however; a nice lady work posed for this because she likes my painting (thank you, Sara). The chessboard and floating “bubbles”, etc., are deliberate clichés. I still love surrealism – I think it allows the artist more freedom to connect with the viewer on a sub-conscious level.
Plus – I really love sunsets, They are quiet, peaceful, and seem to connect me with the past.