Tyler Scully’s Expressionist Trump Paintings


Tyler Scully’s rich, impasto, Expressionist paintings are an oasis for lovers of contemporary figurative painting in the tradition of Bacon and Auerbach.

I discovered Scully on Instagram under the account scepters_art about a half year ago. When I look at art, my opinion comes first. I like the art that I like. Sounds like a tautology worthy of Popeye, but, it means that I value art as having quality in direct proportion to how much I personally appreciate it (as opposed to where it’s hung, or how it is justified in art history). This isn’t to say that I don’t love art history, or the big name artists, but rather that I like to discover new artists on my own. I don’t know anything about this artist, and I haven’t seen his work anywhere except on Instagram, but, for me, he’s an instant hit, and one of my favorite living painters. The paintings of Trump are the easiest way to access his art.

One of the defining features of Scully’s art, and what separates him from Bacon and his ilk are the eyes. Whichever way the face is tortured and contorted in violent swirls and slashes of paint, there’s almost always one good eye. A beautiful eye, the more beautiful for being preserved among the torrent of painterly flesh.

[Note: I got his permission to use his Instagram posts.]


Ah, and the eye may be set off in a different, often complementary color. I’m thinking the eyes allow us more intimacy with the subject: we can look in their eyes and assay their predicament. This art is, much like its art-historical predecessors, about the human condition. Why some of the most visually sumptuous painting is often bundled with the kind of insight into the human condition I usually get from short-stories, I don’t know, but it’s a great combo. Read More

In case you missed the debate

The 2nd Presidential Debate 2016
What a travesty the 2nd debate was. I drew this fast, one shot, with a drawing tablet. Kinda’ sums it up.
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Do we live in a simulated universe, Part 2: Rejoinder to Nick Bostrom.

Scene from the original “Westworld” of 1973. He’s just a simulation in a simulated world. That’s how he rolls.

Someone pointed out to me on a philosophy list that I hadn’t read the original article that postulates the theory that we are living in a simulated universe. He was right. I was responding to the BBC’s synopsis of the article and predominantly other stances, such as Elon Musk’s. How to deal with it. Admit it, read the paper, and come back. Here’s what I learned. Read More

Do we live in a simulated universe? Yes, but not one created by aliens.

Neo waking up from the Matrix into reality.

You may have heard the new quandary being shared over the internet about whether we are inside some sort of computer simulation. This may be the ultimate “first world problem”. If you are capable of convincing yourself that you don’t live in reality, you have quite possibly attained a level of privilege in which you have almost no direct interface with the hardships faced by the majority of humans on a daily basis. Nevertheless, they are correct in the conclusions that we live in a simulation, rather than direct, unmitigated reality. Read More

WIP: alien body for “Aliens & Spaceships #2”

this-oneThis is taking me longer than I indented, but I’m enjoying it. It’s a nice challenge, making up my own aliens and spaceship, and for this one in the series, based on H.G. Wells classic, “War of the Worlds” and also the two movies made. I’ve read the story, listened to the radio play (that people thought was real), and so on. I’ve seen lots of renditions: fabulous ones. So, this is my contribution, so far. Read More

Work in Progress: Aliens and Spaceships #2, War of the Worlds


At this stage I’m still working on the design. The composition is somewhat what it will be, but the aliens and spaceship are on different layers, will be arranged and sized optimally, and  obviously I haven’t tackled the background yet. Read More

New Art: Separation

Separation (Alien and Spaceship 01), digital painting by Eric Wayne, 9/2016

I’m going off in a bit of a new direction with this one in that I’m focusing less on surface, more on imagery, and more on realistic rendering. This was a struggle, partly because in the midst of it I decided to do a new series using a different approach, and temporarily abandoned this piece, then took it up again when I convinced myself it would work well as part of the series. The series in question is “Aliens and Spaceships”, and this image seemed like a good one to begin with because it’s unconventional, as in the alien isn’t derivative, in which case the viewer might suspect that what would come next couldn’t be predicted. I can’t predict it. Changing approaches midstream adds complications. For the series I intend to start from thumbnail sketches, line drawings, then establish the values in B&W, and then go nto color. But this one I started as a “speed painting” working directly in color. Yeah, it’s anything but a speed painting now. Read More