This weekend was the Boston Baltic Centennial which included an art show. Because of my Estonian heritage, I had submitted three works.
Last month Erik and I had a journey of a lifetime traveling to Japan. Tokyo and Kyoto were amazing but because of our guided electric bike tour, we experienced the rural Noto Peninsula which has retained a great deal of the Japanese landscape and history.
It has had a direct effect on my next painting. If you were on the Butterfield and Robinson trip with us you knew this was coming. When I finish it, I will post it immediately, hopefully in December.
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.
The Art Steering Committee contacted me last spring saying they loved my art, would I consider showing July 15th to September 13? How could I refuse! I selected 13 pieces. Their atrium space is contemporary and full of light. Great space for displaying art.
Inuit (aka Eskimo) art has a spiritual, organic and intrinsically animalistic manner that has resonated with me since making art in college. I love how it captures a childlike quality, the simplicity of form and its essence of the spirit of all things, called inua. Their belief in the liminality between humans and animals has kindled a powerful abundance of imagery in the forms of animals, shamans and the act of transformation.
The series Inuit Influences has been on-going for over 8 years. I reinterpret Inuit art images into contemporary, highly color saturated, textual paintings using a wide variety of mediums on paper. In an off-shoot series called Amautik I explored the relationship of mother and child and the round hood that bonds them. In the last two years I have added influences from some favorite artists such as Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch and Adolph Gottlieb.
Inuit Influences: from our collection is based on works from our Inuit art collection.
I am working towards layering, blending and merging diverse imagery and concepts with a goal of maintaining a certain joie de vivre all the while pursuing a quest for increased abstraction.