Grotesque Realism

I don’t really have words for these paintings.

 

I can’t explain them.

 

They come out of the life around me, out of 21st century America.

 

But as I paint I feel myself slipping into the late medieval world of Rabalais’ Gargantua, a world shaped by agonies of poverty and violence yet transfigured by the grotesque excitements
of carnival.

 

I’m not sure there’s any real difference between Rabelais’ world and ours.

TO LEAVE THE FIGURE OR DISFIGURE IT
TO LEAVE THE FIGURE OR DISFIGURE IT

(diptych) oil on canvas 56” x 88”

TO DREAM AGAIN (Brave new world).jpg
TO DREAM AGAIN (Brave new world).jpg

(diptych) oil on canvas 56” x 88”

CARNIVAL
CARNIVAL

(diptych) oil on canvas 72” x 120”

RITE OF SPRING
RITE OF SPRING

(diptych) oil on canvas 56 ”x 88”

RED ACROBATS
RED ACROBATS

oil on canvas 48” x 72”

RE-DRESS
RE-DRESS

acrylic on canvas 35” x 48”

BETRAYAL
BETRAYAL

oil on canvas 48” x 72”

BODY LANGUAGE
BODY LANGUAGE

oil on canvas 48” x 72”

INTRANSITIVE
INTRANSITIVE

oil on canvas 48” x 36”

CIRCE'S CIRCUS
CIRCE'S CIRCUS

(diptych) oil on canvas 30” x 96”

ODALISQUE WITH JANE RUSSELL
ODALISQUE WITH JANE RUSSELL

oil on canvas 18” x 28”

MADE IN THE USA
MADE IN THE USA

(diptych) oil on canvas 44” x 112”

THE SPACE BETWEEN
THE SPACE BETWEEN

oil on canvas 36” x 48”

SLEEPING ACROBAT
SLEEPING ACROBAT

oil on canvas 32” x 46”

NARRATIVE IN AIR 1
NARRATIVE IN AIR 1

oil on vellum 18” x 24”

NARRATIVE IN AIR 2
NARRATIVE IN AIR 2

oil on vellum 18”x24”

NARRATIVE IN AIR 3
NARRATIVE IN AIR 3

oil on vellum 21” x 30”

NARRATIVE IN AIR 4
NARRATIVE IN AIR 4

acrylic on canvas, 36x24"

CAPRICE 1
CAPRICE 1

pen & ink on paper 11” x 17”

CAPRICE 2
CAPRICE 2

pen & ink on paper 11” x 17”

CAPRICE 3
CAPRICE 3

pen & ink on paper 11 x 17”

CAPRICE 4
CAPRICE 4

pen & ink on paper 13"x20"

SPLIT MOMENT
SPLIT MOMENT

black chalk on paper, 30x22"

STRANGE ATTRACTORS 1
STRANGE ATTRACTORS 1

pen & ink on paper 11” x 17”

STRANGE ATTRACTORS 2
STRANGE ATTRACTORS 2

pen & ink on paper 11” x 17”

STRANGE ATTRACTORS 3
STRANGE ATTRACTORS 3

pen & ink on paper 12 1/2” x 19”

THROWN
THROWN

linoleum block print on paper, 8"x10"