“SCULPTURAL” PAINTINGS

 
1) The painting begins as a small collage in which the artist takes one of his photographs, tears away the edges, and roughs-in background color to suggest underlying layers (the notes refer to the various levels of relief and prospective materials.)
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2) The artist next enlarges his study, cuts and shapes the support for the realistically handled painting (either canvas-covered ply, or a hand-cast plaster surface). Here, the artist affixes the shaped canvas onto raised slats on the painting’s foundation board.
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3) Slowly the painting comes to life. Here the artist has completed the Chicago street scene (in acrylic), and has begun work on the surrounding plaster and mixed media textures.
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4) Next, the artist begins placing hand-cast plaster elements onto the painting’s various levels. Like a mason, he chips and breaks the small plaster pieces as he glues, suggesting underlying layers of archeology.
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5) Before painting the plaster components, he disguises the plaster’s white edges by dripping dark-colored paint or ink into rifts and breaks.
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6) Here the artist carefully tints the plaster components to echo the colors and patterns of the Chicago street scene.

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7) After eight or nine weeks the painting rests on its easel completed.
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  8) “Magikist” completed
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