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Desecrating your own work

The title of this post is misleading. Don’t let it immediately get your back up. I’m trying to describe a certain type of work, or certain type of artist. I mean the type of artist that takes pleasure in creating something technically perfect and then deconstructing it.

Below is the work of Erik Jones. He’s been a favorite artist of mine for a while. He also happens to be a super guy.

His latest body of work is fun to look at. I like to imagine what he’s covered up, how he goes about making those decisions. I imagine it’s spontaneous. I don’t think he goes into a piece knowing exactly how he’s going to cover up his beautiful and precisely rendered drawings.

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Nicola Samori creates many different types of work. He appears to work in sculpture, painting and photography. I personally am drawn to his paintings. He paints classically. His work is reminiscent of the italian and northern renaissance and baroque period. He then takes a painting most would consider finished then scrapes and scratches parts of it away.

I enjoy this article about him on Huffington Post.

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Henrik Aa. Uldalen records some of his painting process. In the below instagram video he shows a lovely small painting, then scraps it off the surface on camera. I can’t find another example I have in mind. I remember seeing a recording of him showing off an eye he painted on an egg then letting it drop to the floor to smash.

Another eye on glass to follow up yesterday's success. 👁

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There is something so wonderfully cocky about creating something conventionally beautiful and then marking it up and over for affect. There is this underlying tone of confidence that goes along with it.

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Painting moonlight

Night landscapes aren’t as common as daylight ones for obvious reasons.

I love them. There is something borderless about paintings of the night sky. Sharp edges tend to destroy the illusion. Silhouettes and shadows meld into one by moonlight.

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Moonlight on the Bruges Canal by Charles Warren Eaton. A beautiful tonalist work.

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Lisière de Bois by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Moonrise by Robert Macauley Stevenson.

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A painting I can’t find the title to from Franz Sedlacek. Google him. His work is odd and all over the place. If the internet is informing me correctly, his work is a mix of Bosch, Fantastic Planet, Goya, pop surrealism and Magritte. It’s confusing me in a pleasant way.

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Moonlit Landscape by Jean Delville, one of my favorite symbolist painters.

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Moonlight Ring by Henry Prellwitz and Moonrise by Stanislaw Maslowski.

Looking at these is like seeing the afterimage of a brighter day behind your eyelids, after rubbing them, laying in bed staring at the ceiling in the dark.

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Star and Siberia by Alphonse Mucha.

Some more of my favorite night sky themed paintings can be found in this old post.

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