I woke up this morning with an idea for a final touch, Picasso’s Guernica, the large anti-war painting I once viewed in New York many years ago. I think the light bulb represents the bombing of the city and the horse symbolizes suffering. Why would I incorporate this into a work about pop culture? I think we need the constant reminder that we’re at war, or at least that’s why my subconscious mind waited to tell me upon awakening. ‘No Face’s’ ghostly presence seems appropriate.
Please tune in Tuesday night, April 26th to see my feature on WPBT Channel 2’s Art Loft. It features my ‘Dark Chocolate Japan’ art exhibit at the Sunrise Art Gallery. I discuss the concept of Dark Chocolate – the finest of all chocolates – and seeing the best in all that is strange, foreign, unusual and different from us.
This portrait of my wife began with an analogous color study (I still remember the title of the assignment from my 1984 design 101). The undertones consist of neutral gray, white and magenta rendered in a combination of dry brush and water techniques. Scrapes and pencil scribbles activate the plane with energy and texture. The high contrast black facial forms take on a stencil quality pioneered by Warhol and still alive and well in the work of street artists. (In case you were wondering, I don’t always think of my wife in such analytical terms.)
‘Zinnia‘ © 2016 Carlos Aleman
Acrylic on Canvas
I just finished this painting today. I went on Wikipedia to see if there was anything interesting I could mention on my blog about this flower and…
‘In January 2016, NASA announced that a zinnia which had blossomed on the International Space Station was the first flower ever grown outside the Earth’s biosphere. This claim was quickly refuted by news media.’ [Wikipedia]
What a coincidence.
‘Morning Tree’ © 2016 Carlos Aleman
36″ x 24″ Acrylic on Canvas
Morning Tree was inspired by the work of Joichi Hoshi, which I have been admiring quite a bit lately. The struggling Japanese artist created woodblock prints of what I think were exceedingly ethereal depictions of trees. I based this painting of a photograph I took by a lake with my phone. I found it an interesting challenge to translate the green leaves and sepia tones of branches to white, representing light with echoes of Willam Blake.
‘……whether it is a single tree or a forest……..the mere thought of it stirs my mind, and I try to convey that sentiment in a picture.’ —Joichi Hoshi
(Thanks to Michael for this quote)
‘Still Another Day’
(Acrylic on Canvas)
My first painting of the year is of infinite petals, a flower expressing what words cannot.
Thoughts of Japanese Shironuri fashion and Georgia O’Keeffe combine strangely for me in my mind.
There is also the feeling of ‘mono no aware’ I have for real flowers. They represent all things that are born, reach perfection, but eventually die. In this life cycle, each stage has its own beauty. This bloom, however is not real. It is both eternal and timeless. More and more, I want to represent what is not real – the haunting apparition of the imagination.