Automatic-Expressionism (Phase One Portraits)

I’ve often thought, “What am I saying?” “What are these new paintings about?” Seems I’m always getting more answers… (cont’d below slideshow). Mixed media – oil pastels and acrylic on archival photographs. BACKSTORY: With a strong background in painted portraiture and photography, I felt compelled to experiment with the possibilities of forgoing the rendering process, and work instead, directly on a finished likeness of the person; this, in order to reflect the potential psychic turmoil of living in today’s pressure-driven, consumer-based society. 

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Thoughts About Automatic-Expressionism

I’ve often thought, “What am I saying?” “What are these new paintings about?” Seems I’m always getting more answers, so I’ll just start logging them. Here are a few recent ones:

1 — The paintings suggest our human efforts are clumsy compared to Nature’s…

2 — They are an expression of politically incorrect emotions…

3 — They express the unspoken Anguish of Humanity…

4 — They are vestiges of my still-suffering inner child…

5 — They are glimpses of my own repressed angst…

6 — They prove that beneath my thin facade of normalcy, I am quite mad… ?

7 — They hint that we all live with deeply repressed terror knowing we are essentially some kind of microbes clinging to a very small chunk of stone hurtling through the cosmos at dizzying speeds toward a completely unknown destination… quite possibly even on our way directly into the Black Hole that resides at the center of our Galaxy…

8 — They suggest that most humans are dehumanized (zombified?) as a result of their unwitting immersion in today’s media-deluged, material world/market society… or perhaps more to the point, we are not quite totally human anymore…

9 — I have the emotional maturity of a three-year-old…

10 — I am hypersensitive to all the challenges facing Humankind today…

11 — I am simply trying to balance extremes as I am a Hopeless Control Freak…

12 — Perhaps they say to the viewer… be free… let it all out… release all that repressed anxiety… and howl to the bloody moon.

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