Friday, October 31, 2008

From the collection of David & Jackie

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Besides being dear friends, David and Jackie have been my most steady patrons. At just about every one of my shows in Seattle they would take a painting home. Between my work that they purchased and the gifts I gave them over the years they have quite a collection of my art in their home. They have the best taste in music and an amazing garden in their back yard in Seattle.

These pieces were produced between 1998 and 2002. They were made during a time when I was painting on anything I could get my hands on. I used a lot of cardboard back then since I couldn't afford canvas. I also did a lot of pieces combining a collage background treated with a semi-transparent paint wash over which I'd make a figurative image.

The mouse and the opossum were from a collection I made one year for winter holiday presents. Everyone on my gift list in 1999 received an animal totem painting based on a set of Native American divination cards featuring various critters. Each animal had some symbolism much like a deck of tarot cards.

The pin-up of the woman picking up the banana is a collage/painting from a series I made of pin-up girls superimposed on collages of porn and old comic books.

The flamingos and the monkey paintings came from a large series that I cranked out while smoking lots of weed, drinking coffee and watching television nonstop for 2 days.

The bottom painting was an adaptation of an old comic book style advertisement series for Postum, a decaffeinated alternative to coffee from the 1950's.

1 comment:

Luda Lima said...

Mike, these color mixes and energetic brushes is wonderful. keep on it! ;D

Hey, Why don´t you havea flickr?