My long term series Inuit Influences consists of a melding of artists,&/ or themes. They are about juxtaposition. They are also about color.
My paintings embrace the style/feel of an admired artist and incorporate that image directly or indirectly with an Inuit one.
I often use the theme of transformation which is prevalent in Inuit mythology and many other cultures.
This latest painting, Inuit/Japanese Influences: Kitsune got started when I decided I wanted to use a sections of Shinto torii gates.
Prior to an entry of a shinto or buddhist shrine one passes through a Torii gate which let’s you you pass out of the material world into the spiritual.
Much is happening in this painting.
Kitsune tsuki is a fox messager for the god Inari. Kitsune are able to possess human beings which for humans can be good or bad.
In the upper left hand corner are images of the porcelain alter offerings. Often the statues at shrines have bibs. The white band through the center of the painting has an Inuit fox merging with Inukitut syllabics which say fox.
I have given him/her some of the Kitsune spirit indicated by the yellow ball and tip of the tail.
I have used Inuit syllabics for many years as pattern integrating with the subject matter.Here I use both languages.
In Japan the color red is associated with the sun and happiness.
Inuit/Japanese Influences:Kitsune pastel & oil on canvas: 44"Hx40"W 2019
I am quite excited about the upcoming show at Three Stones Gallery. You'll see many more photos for my September update.
I have made one more painting featuring a polar bear created by the Inuit artist Saila Pauta. Pauta's bears are very highly collectable and he is one of the Inuit culture's most famous artists.
Exciting News! I signed a contract with Three Stones Gallery in West Concord this week. They will represent me for the next year. My paintings will be show alone with Jonathon MacAdam early September-October 19th. A party is scheduled for September 20th. More updates coming...
Below is a quick view of work done since February.
I went to see James Kerry Marshall's enormous show at the MET's Breuer in January this year and found it sensational. As of previously I have let favorite artists stimulate a sub-series in the on-going Inuit Influences
Seeing Black is a culmination of many things. In an effort to revive my Hunter Series of 2012 I came up with the idea of making the hunter's faces all derived from JKM's Self portrait as a Super Model. His use of black kindled my idea of using black gesso which can produce an amazing flat and neutral 'color', combined with white pencil proved to completely transform the previous work and produces a rather startlingly contrast . The eyes being somewhat realistic almost "steal the show" as they draw you in immediately. The yellow hair determines that it's a 3-way mix of racial identities as well as gender fluidity
I went through my inventory and selected more works that could also be transformed. Several pieces from the Amautik series have something new to say.