My Top 10 Artworks of 2010

Now that the dust has settled a little, I thought it was time to make a selection of my 10 favorite artworks from 2010, which was a very prolific year. Part of this was due to my activities on Flickr, the photo (and art) sharing site. This is a personal selection, so history may well not agree with me…so, in no particular order, here we go:

1. The Totalitarian

The Totalitarian

The Totalitarian

The above painting, The Totalitarian (acrylic on board, 14″ x 11″), currently hangs above my computer desk where I’m typing this. It was in “A Show of Heads” at the Limner Gallery, Hudson NY, in November 2010.

2. Oedipus

Oedipus

Oedipus

Above, Oedipus, brush & ink on paper, 11″ x 8.5″. I’ve drawn many heads in my time, but I think this is one of the finest & most poignant.

3. The Angel from Berlin

The Angel From Berlin

The Angel From Berlin

Inspried by “Wings of Desire” by Wim Wenders, & also the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke (The Duino Elegies). Drawn with brush & ink on a scrap of cardboard (one of my favorite low-cost materials), 14″ x 13″ approx.

4. Fall Colossus

Fall Colossus

Fall Colossus

Painted in the autumn, hence the name. Also a meditation on human hubris, the fall of empires, and so on. Acrylic on board, 16″ x 12″.

5. Boy Waiting in a Burning Landscape

Boy Waiting in a Burning Landscape

Boy Waiting in a Burning Landscape

An acrylic painting on board, 24″ x 24″ approx. From a smallish series of figurative paintings done with red as a significant color.

6. Under the Machine

Under The Machine

Under The Machine

Under The Machine, a brush & ink drawing on paper, 28.5″ x 22.5″. One of the largest ink drawings I did last year, though in the scheme of things, not a huge drawing. I want to work on a much larger scale at some point in the near future.

7. Woman

Woman

Woman

The above small drawing (brush & ink on paper, 11″ x 8.5″) stands out for me as a gem from the year.

8. The Fall

The Fall

The Fall

Another acrylic painting on board (20″ x 16″). A painting of a partial figure, which can be a more mysterious subject than a complete figure, I find.

9. Hermetic

Hermetic

Hermetic

The above brush & ink drawing on paper (16.5″ x 14″) is from an ongoing occasional series of non-human (or masked) heads. I find it lyrical yet disturbing.

10. Empyrean

Empyrean

Empyrean

This is a pencil drawing on paper, 16.5″ x 14″. I don’t often use pencil as I find it to be smudgy & impermanent, but it does give a softness that ink doesn’t. I used a black pencil, I can’t remember which brand, but more like a watercolor or charcoal pencil rather than a regular 2B or 4B or whatever.

Honorable mention: Memory Is A Chimera

Memory Is A Chimera

Memory Is A Chimera

I almost forgot to put this one in…it’s a small ink & acrylic drawing/painting on the cardboard from the back of a spiral sketchbook (hence the circles at the top which are the peforations for the wire binding). The piece of cardboard backing is 8″ x 6″. A little magical piece.

Well, that’s it for now. As I said, something of a random, subjective selection. Now…back to 2011…

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