Naive Art: LOST & FOUND Series

 

As an immigrant deeply indebted to my adopted country, with no formal  art training, I offer  a fresh look – through the eyes of a child - at socio-political contemporary issues (climate destruction, criminal injustice, human rights, racism) and subjects of interpersonal interest  (friendship, love, hope, healing.) My paintings express horror, shock, revulsion, at what we as a community have lost, but also joy, hope, wonder, at what  we collectively have found. Occasionally I incorporate naive reflections by alien characters upon our sad conundrums.

 

Viewers will meet childlike  stick figures, floating urban landscapes, imaginary space, and characters from history, pop culture and contemporary politics telling today’s narratives. To bring about a rich, dreamlike background, I lay down several layers of paint on each canvas, and texture its flat  surface with mesh-shaped acrylic paste, or glue on foreign objects to create a rough, 3D illusion of gritty realities. Childlike I disregard the rules of perspectives and proportions, and freely engage in geometric abstraction of forms. I then unleash the power of brushstrokes, line drawing and mark making to tell the story. 

 I walk a fine line between the primitivism of a Henri Rousseau and the social engagement of the Mexican muralists, the color exuberance of a Matisse and the subconscious action of the Abstract Expressionists.

 

 

Uncivil War
Uncivil War

60W x 48H x 1.5T in, textured acrylic Horror at the specter of another civil war. "Uncivil" as it would be a slap to the face of history, as if we have not learned anything from her.

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Democracy in Peril
Democracy in Peril

48w x 72H x 1.5T in. textured acrylic Superman, Wonder Woman and Washington to the rescue of democracy. ...Aliens wondering who the Masked Rider is

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The Piano and the Trumpet
The Piano and the Trumpet

48W x 36H x 1.5T in acrylic Music that touches the heart through millenia.

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Uncivil War
Uncivil War

60W x 48H x 1.5T in, textured acrylic Horror at the specter of another civil war. "Uncivil" as it would be a slap to the face of history, as if we have not learned anything from her.

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