My recent solo show in New York, “Taking Measure (Celebrating the City)”, focused on urban architecture at a large scale – factories, cityscapes, piers and apartment buildings. The paintings were appropriately large for the subject matter.
During the year I spent working on the show I occasionally felt the need to step out of the macro and into the micro. I was missing the urban details which I enjoy but which can’t really be included in large-scale cityscapes. So every now and then I gave my legs a rest, took an artistic vacation from the big wall-hung pieces, and sat at my table to create small paintings of doors.
(Click on the images for a slideshow.)
Doors are very popular subjects for artists and photographers – architectural reminders of our travels, manageable in scale and redolent of history and tradition. There are posters and coffee-table books of doors in places from Dublin to Dubai, Paris to Katmandu. A few years ago I created a painting series of doors I had seen in Morocco, and the act of painting their bright colors and ornate tile-work brought back the heat, sounds and smells of the streets where I had sketched.
This year’s doors are ones I have found while exploring urban and industrial areas. My paintings celebrate the rusting corrugated siding, battered steel, old locks, redundant signage, and ever-present graffiti. They preserve my memories of place and time.
Most of these paintings, and more, will be available from my upcoming Open Studio.
Open Studio 2017
Saturday & Sunday, November 11th & 12th, 11 – 6pm
Preview: Friday, November 10th, 6 – 9pm
1890 Bryant St. #204, San Francisco, CA 94110