This is just completed, and decades old. A long time ago I loaned some of my art to a friend. 2 pieces came back damaged, and one went missing. I only have a small jpeg of a scan of a color Xerox made from a slide of that piece. Recently I saw the degraded jpeg (below) and got the idea to make a digital painting from it.
The original may exist somewhere, or may have been destroyed. I have 3 other missing pieces that I loaned to people. But this one has now been resurrected. I used paint stick to make this when I was an undergrad at UCLA. I can’t remember if I did this in a break, or actually submitted it to a class. I probably did it on a break, because this sort of art was reviled (if it wasn’t conceptual it wasn’t art), so I don’t think any of my peers or teachers ever saw it. Yeah, I was not allowed to do this kind of work in art school. It was forbidden.
I’m sure I did it completely from my imagination, and started it out as a charcoal and eraser drawing. That was a standard technique for me back then. I’d just make smudges with charcoal on paper, look at them, and eventually find and realize images that were suggested to me. This way I never knew what I was going to make, and it never got boring. After finishing the charcoal drawing, I put it in color using paint sticks (which are literally just that, sticks of paint you draw with, and can use turpentine to thin…).
Check out the rich impasto texture I lathered up in the details [click on them for larger size).
I’m not sure what was really going on in my head when I made the first version over 20 years ago. There’s an obvious Francis Bacon influence, with a generous dose of sci-fi. I do know I was thinking about Ed Kienholz piece, “State Hospital” as I made this, and that there are a couple elements that pay homage to it which you may be able to see.
Aside from it just being a good thing to bring back a disappeared piece from the ether, this was also really good practice on my digital painting techniques (don’t ask how I do it), and also shows the potential for combining physical and digital works easily.
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