Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Twinkies and Superheroes
20 x 24 Oil on Linen

Sometimes I go off in odd directions. Often I find myself revisiting my youth. Although I claim to have been bored by childhood I must have had some fun because all of the paintings that refer to my youth are cheerful and lively. Twinkies and Superheroes is pretty typical. How can you not love a painting with Spiderman flying through the middle of the piece? I wonder what art historians will have to say about this piece. “I see the influence of Warhol and the pop art movement. The comic books were obviously inspired by Lichtenstein and the cupcakes by Thiebaud. Of course Koons had a tremendous effect on his work.” Actually none of those things are true, although those artists have made such subject matter acceptable to those viewing my work. My work is indebted to the old Dutch still life painters, Claesz and de Heem; and to Hals and Titian and Velazquez and Van Dyck…..

I first posted this as a guest blogger at Elizabeth's blog On the Easel http://etorak.blogspot.com/ last June.

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