This piece was part of a museum show at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, late 2015-2016 and one of the few I have created that include a 3 dimensional sculptural element.
"The Last Magician" (Diptych)
23.5" x 13" (61 x 33 CM)
Oil, Gold leaf paintings, and a mixed media diorama made of real twigs, sculpted copper, plant matter, liquid leaf and flux, 2015
This piece is deeply personal to me, so rather than describing the in depth conceptual background, I will leave it up to individual interpretation. All three figures, including the bright teal constellation outline image on the far left, are the same person, so this represents a complex inner dialogue. I began using this concept of putting the same person in the same composition many years ago, inspired by the old medieval artists who did the same thing to denote different things happening to the same person at different times, much like a condensed comic strip or story. Often without barriers or borders, they would fill a composition with what appeared to be multiples of people, clones in a way, but they were really working out how to depict a complex story in a small amount of space. This technique can also be seen in old Egyptian manuscripts, like the Book of the Dead, in which a man’s journey through the stages of the death process are shown through various depictions of the man at various stages, all within the same motif. This method allows me to pack more context and add a richer range of the psychological properties of the subject taking place into one composition. I often have a hard time deciphering emotions and this technique helps me understand the different aspects of complex emotions.
I have been a professional full time artist since 2004, have showed throughout the US and am in multiple museum collections and private collections throughout the world and have been featured in national and international magazines. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me, even if you just want to ask more about what a piece means or about why I create art.
All pieces come framed. This painting has a special diorama frame. I create the frames myself (Don't worry, they don't look terrible). All frames are cut, joined, wood filled, sanded so there is no appearance of joining method and then painted and sealed. Ready to hang with a signature on the back of the actual piece and then one on the back of the paper that covers the frame. Some of the frames have little designs painted on, like the example I included in the pictures. The frames are float frames, meaning the piece appears to float in the frame, no part of the actual painting is covered by the frame, nor touches the frame.
I use silicone based conservator paper to wrap the painting before packing up. This is a non stick paper, expensive paper, highly useful. I double box the painting, so there is no need for crating. If you do want it crated, let me know and we can work something out. Painting will arrive in great condition, I have never had a problem with damage and I have been doing this for almost 14 years. If you have any specific shipping needs please let me know.
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"So that the beginning is to the end as the end is to the beginning and that to the distance between, there is neither"
Gold Leaf and Oil paint on Baltic Birch(cradled panel), sealed with Gamblin Gamvar (all conservation grade materials) diorama frame of copper, decorative grape vines, plant matter