A set of paintings I did for my parents’ house right after graduating RISD almost 10 years ago. They needed two to go on either side of an entryway, so I did them both monochromatically with my old favorite Payne’s Grey to make sure they felt like a set. They are some of the larger paintings I’ve done at 4ft square.
Above are some highlights from my recently-funded Kickstarter campaign for The Apocalypse Calendar, a large format wall calendar that satirizes the concept of doomsday predictions by providing a countdown to the famous 12/21/2012 mother-of-all-apocalypse-predictions.
Each month features a different artist’s take on the apocalypse theme, while the actual calendar area features a daily list of the human race’s significant accomplishments and birthdays. The image featuring different postcards from the apocalypse is my own, a callback to the days when I thought I was going to be an illustrator.
To see all of the artwork, and to read a little more about the project, go to theapocalypsecalendar.com.
I finally just finished this painting, almost 2 years after starting it. That doesn’t mean it took me 2 years to finish it, as there were long stretches of time when it sat untouched on an easel. About 6 months ago I considered abandoning it because I wasn’t happy with how it was turning out, but I eventually decided to finish it off even if I didn’t love it, and in the end I’m happy with it.
The painting is of a Washington Mutual sign that was covered up when Chase bought what was left of them after the the first wave of the recession. I originally intended it to be part of a series of paintings that showed the physical evidence of the recession in everyday places. It is interesting to me how lazily brands are abandoned when they become extinct. Most of the time there is no real effort to remove the brand, just the bare minimum effort it takes to make sure no one thinks they are going to an old WaMu branch.