Trying to make some new paint marks with this one. There were a few different transitions before I came to this. I still might address this again but as a different painting.
Gouache on paper. 11"x14" I'm trying to do more with this imagery. The wondering of the figures. Curiosity, Are you afraid of the unknown? The future? Of getting lost? Of being lost? I was in high school when I started listening o Bob Dylan and a number of phrases always seem to be relevant today. "I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now." "Steal a little and they throw in in jail, steal a lot and they make you king."... I can't believe I'm writing and using quotes. It's as if I'm growing up and speaking "adult" now.
So I live in New York City. My girl friend is somewhat of an activist and makes art and writings that coincide with her beliefs. The Ferguson decision and now the Eric Garner decision have created a chaotic world around us. At least immediately around us. Other activists have come by our place. My buddy who drove in to town to teach all day got stuck on the West Side highway when it got shut down the other night. Took him over 5 hours to get home. He now hates the protest.
I know more details about a lot of things going on around here than I ever thought I would. I don't feel protesting really changes anything. But the other less aggressive options get ignored or mocked in the press. I saw Occupy Wall Street first hand. It seemed to make a mark and has influenced protesting here in the states a lot. But now 2 years after it was brutally dismantled, the banking system is still doing whatever it wants. Protest has become a way to make the unseen puppet masters take note, but nothing will change unless there is a follow through. No politician has the balls to represent these people. Until everything gets burnt to the ground, we'll just go around the track (again) repeating the same mistakes.
How does this affect my art? I'm not sure. I continue to use my imagery to reflect what I think and what the world looks like to me. This piece is a figure looking in to the dark. I feel like that is what I'm doing a lot these days.
Gouache on paper. 8"x10"
Trying to recharge the batteries yesterday. I went to a coffee shop that stays open until midnight. I was writing and doodling in my sketchpad until they kicked everyone out. I wasn't finished with my thoughts yet, so I went to a bar that stays open until 4am.
I was thinking of evil fairies, or a scary Tinkerbell. Then "Rapture" by Blondie comes on the jukebox. One of the lines was about some monster that starts out eating cars, then people and finally eats guitars. I had an immediate image of Saturn eating his children by Goya meets one of those Hot Rod/ Zap comics looking creatures with stretched out eyes. I think they work almost every time.
I have some things in the works. It's hard to talk about "maybes" so I don't want to speak too soon. I will be going to Angouleme, France with my good friend Steve Ellis for the big comic book festival end of Jan. 2015. I can talk about this because I just paid for my plane tickets to Paris and train tickets to Angouleme and the hotel we'll be stopping at in Angouleme, Paris and Reykjavik, Iceland, on the way back.
As soon as I get home, I'll be attending the SCBWI NYC Annual con. That's the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. I don't know what to expect from this, but I am always looking for the next opportunity!
These are two pages from when I penciled on Animal Man at DC/Vertigo comics.
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