MAY 07, 2015
A few months ago I received an invitation to show some of my art in an exhibition at Contemporary Art Tasmania, a prime cultural art center in Tasmania (yep, way down there where those little devils live!). Tender Exotics is the exhibition theme.
The Tender Exotics exhibition opened May 5th, with a presentation by the curator Lisa Campbell-Smith. Six of my works are being shown during the exhibition, which runs through the month of May. An image of Awakening, the first of three new paintings I produced for the show, is included herewith.
My dear friend Recy, who lives in Australia (which, in case you slept through geography class, is relatively nearby to Tasmania) has been kind enough to loan three of my paintings that she owns for display in the exhibition.
To learn more about this exhibition, and about the numerous other CAT arts and culture projects, visit the CAT website.
It is such an honor to have been invited to show work in an exhibition at CAT, and I consider it such a privilege to participate, I simply had to share this event with you.
FEB 09, 2015
SENTINELS is a painting inspired by the ancient standing stones that are found in some regions of the British Isles. Though Bobby has never seen one in person, in this life, these stone monuments speak to him from afar. The mysterious standing stones hearken from a prehistoric era, so the best we may know of their origins and purpose derives from the qualified conjecture of archeologists. Some say the Druids erected them, using methods we can only guess at, and for reasons that are not entirely clear. In this case, as in much of my work, it is the mystical connotations that intrigue him as an artist. Encountering one or more of these monoliths is said to transfix, to hold one's attention, for a time, stationary. They stand as keepers of a higher truth and beckon to us in their absolute stillness and solitude, these guardians of the Great Mystery.
JAN 28, 2015
Poisonous Polyphonia is the second in my Band Outa Hell series. I seem to recall sitting in and jamming with this guy once. Bad mutha on the B3! Groans and snarls and snake hiss harmonies!
DEC 31, 2014
BELLA MORDACIA is a painting of a vampiress I did in 2011 for a client who would eventually sign on to be my girl friday. Some aspects of her countenance are depicted here. In addition, the inspiration for this piece was the character Vampira who appeared in a few cinematic classics such as Plan Nine From Outer Space, where she haunted the screen with Bela Lugosi in a reprise of his signature Dracula persona (turns out it was all part of a space alien plan to feed on humanity). Plan Nine is positively one of the most influential wedges of horror-cheese ever infused into celluloid. If you've seen this gem you know just what I mean! Yet a far cry more engaging than the Twilight series of films, whose protagonist is merely a wussy distant descendant of Vampira, the immortal queen of them all whose otherworldly manner is reflected in this image.
DEC 08, 2014
Great new review of The Lucifer Rising Suite CD
SEP 10, 2014
THREE FACES FOR CARNEVALE is a recent painting. It was commissioned by a woman who is intrigued by the mystery and beauty to be found in the masks and costumes one would encounter during Carnivale in Venice, where there is a rich, centuries old tradition of wearing masks in public.
Having never been to Venice (or very many other cities), I had to do some research to prepare for doing the piece. This consisted of looking at an assortment of photos and a rewatching of Stanley Kubric's film 'Eyes Wide Shut'. From this limited exposure it seemed to me that pretty much anything goes in the traditional designs of Venetian masks, from pretty and coquettish to grotesque, though all of the masks I saw in the images were decidedly human in their general features. Drawing some inspiration from these sources I then designed three masks from imagination. The one in the center is the one I might make for myself were I ever to have an opportunity to participate in the Venetian Carnivale.
If you visit my online gallery, you can see this painting in greater detail.
JUL 22, 2014
Here is an image of a painting I recently finished entitled 'Smoking Up A Storm'. Portraits are a rarity for me. Left to my own devices I'm not ordinarily inclined to do them. This one was commissioned by the subject, Billy Leroy. Those of you who know him or have seen him on the Baggage Wars reality TV show will be well aware that he is almost never seen when he is not puffing on a cigar. I had fun making this aspect of Billy's personality the theme for this painting.