After exploring Europe for the span of a week, I found myself to be drawn more and more towards the urban scenery and vibe. Every corner seemed to have multiple news papers that had stood the harsh winter weather, warmed by the presence of some graffiti or street art. Although this is very common in New York City, the art abroad seemed to open my eyes even more. Artist are connected everywhere through a common drive to create and express. I wanted to add this urban sense to my paintings to give it that authentic feel. That is why this piece is made from repurposed canvas. The creation of just the background had taken weeks. Between drying, wetting, painting, and pasting, the urban scenery had seen in Lithuania had been reproduced. But the techniques that I used had not only given the background a unique sense but the main image as well. Transitions from gesso, to newspaper , to canvas have given the main image its own unique characteristics. But the creation of this piece did not stop there. The usual decay on my paintings had been altered on this piece. It was made organically, by using chemicals to achieve the reptile skin like texture. To top this all off, the piece is framed in a white glossy frame to bring the urban feel into a tamed piece that can be presented in any room. The paint used is iredecent and will change in different forms of light. In natural light, the gold fades and a more copper tone is present, as seen in the cover photo. When artificial light hits, the piece turns more gold as shown in the following photos. This mixture or acrylics and oils gives this piece a one of a kind shimmer.
Repurposed canvas, gesso, pages from an old quote book, iredecent gold and copper acrylic and oil paints, grumbacher oil paint