Thanks to all who were able to attend the opening on the 17th. We had a good turn out and even sold a few paintings already. It was a pleasure to meet the collectors and admirers of my work. Many thanks to McCormick Gallery for making this all possible.
Join me on March 17th from 5-7pm for my second solo show at McCormick Gallery. I’ll have eleven paintings for this new display titled “High Definition”. The subject matter for the show will range from WWII items, to rock n’ roll records, to candy bars and Twinkies, but all paintings will follow the basic theme of nostalgia - and as the title suggests, each piece is rendered to the smallest detail. The show will be on display until May 6th.
This piece has a bit of fun with what it's like to sell a painting as a hyperrealism artist. The small red, round sticker is an artist's best friend because it's used by galleries to mark a painting sold. While a sale is always welcome, the amount is rarely enough to substantiate the many hours spent painting detail - at least not for me at this point. So the snack size Payday candy bar represents an artist's paycheck after the sale, hence the red "sold" sticker. The background, painted a tint of money green, is oversized to make the small Payday feel even smaller. This is the final completed painting for my show, "High Definition" at McCormick Gallery which opens March 17th. http://www.thomasmccormick.com/exhibitions/104
I had the idea for this painting last summer. It took so long for me to start because I ended up growing my own poppies. After learning that you cannot buy poppy flowers, I was forced to start with the seeds. To my surprise, these plants grew really well indoors and I got some good references. Unfortunately, the flowers don't last long, especially once cut - they wilt almost immediately. I had to work from only photo references to complete the painting.
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