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Crowds on Canvas

Originally published Friday, September 30, 2011

Drones

acrylic on canvas

72x40

2000

Standing in the metro tunnel downtown Seattle during the morning commute, I looked around and saw the crowd around me.  We stood together with lifeless eyes, expressionless faces, waiting to get on a bus to get to our cubicles. This was the inspiration for the crowd paintings.  An earlier painting I had done for some friends also inspired how the crowds would look. 

 

Elijah vs Prophets of Baal

acrylic on canvas

1999

 

The Salmon and the Sheep

acrylic on canvas

10x40

2001

 

Blinded by Greed

acrylic and coins on canvas

2001

This one was a part of a bigger piece that I had done for a UNICEF benefit show.  I really wasn't happy with the piece when I brought it to the gallery but I had just made the deadline.  After the show ended and I brought this home, and cut it into pieces. The resulting fragments were more successful. 

 

Commuter

mixed media in wax

2002

Ok, so this isn't a crowd, but it was one of three pieces where the other two were crowds. Unfortunately I didn't get an image of the other two before they were sold at a benefit auction in Denver. 

 

Rat Trap

acrylic on canvas

2 panels 50x60 each

2001-2002

 

Crucifixion

mixed media on canvas

38x44

2003-2004

The figures on the crosses are painted plaster. For the crowd I used an image transfer process using the following two photographs. One representing humility and repentance, and the other a prideful fuck-you.