Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Redemption Times Four

Just recently finished this piece for The Hive's upcoming Heaven and Hell group show. It kicks off in LA, this Saturday night.

Sometimes when I get stuck on ideas for paintings, I tend to sift through childhood memories for inspirato, or read stories on urban legends, folklore, or myths. I think it just gives me something to think about while I'm sitting there hours on end, painting.

The concept of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is an interesting one to me. Aside from the biblical associations, the story of riders on horseback seeking redemption, spans a lot of cultures. Different parts of Europe have their own version of it, The Wild Hunt.

Let's not forget the cowboy version. Stan Jones wrote the song Ghost Riders in the Sky in 1948. Apparently an old cowboy friend told him the story when he was twelve. Let's face it though. Out of all the people that have covered that song, there's only one musician that did it the best. Ghost Riders in the Sky was also the first guitar riff my dad taught me when I was a kid. (Childhood memory. Full circle!)

Long live the Man in Black.

Title: "Redemption Times Four"
Size: 12"x16"
Medium: Acrylics on Wood


Working on a piece for this local group show that's coming up next week. In conjunction with EGO's solo art show in the downstairs gallery of Flatcolor, I'll have a piece upstairs in the group show. Hope to see some of you there!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Machete Don't Text

Been messing around with colored inks and acrylics (far left color sketch). Started noodling on this image of Danny Trejo's Machete character after watching the flick a few weeks ago. Just recently got around to finishing it. Couldn't resist messing around with some filters in photoshop to get that grindhouse look (center and far right image). For the far right version, I turned up the grindhouse filter to eleven.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Tuco Study

Study of Eli Wallach as Tuco from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

"There are two kinds of people in the world, my friend: Those with a rope around the neck, and the people who have the job of doing the cutting."