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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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Burnished Vignettes – Contemporary Inspiration

I have a tendency to drown in other’s work. I have a hard time balancing being inspired and being paralyzed by how beautiful someone else’s work is. There are more working artists now than probably any other time in history all competing for an audience. Below are some of my latest or long time favorites.

All the below pieces are produced by contemporary artists I admire. They all inhabit a similar space in me in how I categorize artists and work. All very different but stir up similar feelings. Contemporary and antique. Like opening an old book full of yellowed pages and secrets.


Breaking From Earthly Bonds and Fated Innocence by Chrystal Chan.

I feel that all these works are successfully part of the long conversation of art history. They look backwards and forward.


Umbra by Sam Wolfe Connelly.


Theater of Cruelty by Roberto Ferri


Formerly, drawing by Allison Sommers


Satan and The Dance of Asterion by Denis Forkas

They remind me just a bit of looking into a miniature diorama, a view finder, all a scene of a single piece of work or play. They all also seem to share a similar balance of warm and cold golden browns.

I’m going to try to blog more about my influences as a way to organize my own thoughts and to help me understand what it is what I want to achieve as well.

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Influences and Inspiration

Below are examples of artwork from the past and present, antique and contemporary, that especially appeal to me. I think it’s important to have influences, and even more important to be aware of what they are.

Above from left to right – Death the Bride by Thomas Cooper Gotch, Memento Mori by Tom Bagshaw. Bagshaw’s halo in the above piece reminds me of details from Paul Delaroche’s paintings dealing with the subject of death. Bagshaw’s work is an example of what painterly effects can be achieved through digital media.


Drained by Lori Earley, The Sleepwalker by Maxmilián Pirner.


Daphne by Hubert von Herkomer, You Don’t Sing to Me Anymore by Caryn Drexl. Caryn is a very talented contemporary photographer who I wished lived near me so I could collaborate with her!


La nuit by Auguste Raynaud, Evening Mood by Bougereau, The Morning Star and the Moon by Carl Schweininger. It’s pretty clear that I am a sucker for floating bodies and gauzy vapor and/or fabric.

Below are some links to some sites that sustain me a bit, especially when it comes to breaking down the process and solving technical issues. Though I have to be careful not to let myself get too sucked into reading about painting and drawing rather than actually doing it.

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Paintings Stuff to Look Like Stuff

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