Painting

My style, my paradigm flow, is never more visually well represented than in this medium: Typically rendered in acrylics and found objects my paintings are both intrepid and attractive. I paint what feels right, what feels impactful to the unspoken words of my soul. These creations usually take weeks of planning & construction, however the backbone of the designs are executed in a couple brazen midnight hours. My inspirations are many but I gain strength and I fluency from Oriental Calligraphists & Poets, Expressionist Painters, Color Theorist, Hip-Hop culture, Church Drummers and the grit & glory I daily endure.

Title: “Tactile Poetry” Series 1: Poem Paintings A-D Materials/Processes/Techniques: Formal Kanji-like paintings formed with intuitive brush strokes derived from graffiti-like motion dynamics. Use of “up-cycled” materials in canvas construction/surface design. Primarily painted with thinned-out Golden black acrylic paint, SpeedBall Ink, gesso and white latex house paint.

Diluted Acrylic in Sumi Ink on Canvas Series Description: Formal compositional studies in the area of what I call Tactile Poem Painting. Simplistic and sophisticated in nature, each painting in the series is meant to be appreciated both visually and through the sense of touch; bringing art closer to those with visual impairments and the taboo status-qua of not touching “fine art”.

Detail of Poem B. Once again, this project was all about the exploration of linking the sense of touch with the ability to see. Clarity is reinforced between the visual and the physical, allowing the viewer to step into and tactically examine the works. What my aim in this project is the ability to create paintings that invite the viewer to lay hands to the works, expanding the sensations used in greeting and engaging artworks. Between this image and the previous one. You can notice the difference in texture between the two. This highlights my aim to bring sensitivity into the total body of work in an effort to bring forth balance in the tactile language.

Detail of Poem D. "Affirmation". 5'x3'x1". Diluted Acrylic in Sumi Ink on Canvas Series Description: Formal compositional studies in the area of what I call Tactile Poem Painting. Simplistic and sophisticated in nature, each painting in the series is meant to be appreciated both visually and through the sense of touch; bringing art closer to those with visual impairments and the taboo status-qua of not touching “fine art”. In contrast to the next image upcoming; this canvas was very limited in its felt nature. The while canvas was left rough gesso and over the black strokes i put a couple layers of varnish on it to make it quite smooth as compared to the rest of the canvas, again, aiming to expand the sensitivity of feeling your way through the art.

"Tactile Poem Reliefs" 2010. 6"x6"x~6". In these series of interconnected panels materiality was of the upmost importance. The reworking of recycled materials such as, old purse materials, tubing used in the fabrication of scanners, Styrofoam, and plexiglass. Set at various depths no more than 6" off the wall. Each individual work was a different exploration in creating felt connections between brush work and the unique use of "up-cycled" materials.

"Harmonious Pallet". 16"x20". Golden Acrylic paint on Canvas. This series of compositions all started with basic black and white studies drawn from Ninja Turtles themes.

"Quite Pallet". 18"x22". Lazar Cut layers of Heavy Duty Chipboard lamented together.

"Desaturated Pallet. 22"x24". Golden Acrylic on Canvas. Once the formal and informal compositions were created. The color pallet was chosen based off the intent to highlight the character of the individual compositions.