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 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.
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
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
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
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, 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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…