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Painting: Acrylic on Wood.
"The Family Ghost", 2015 - acrylic on fiberboard (with traces of charcoal sketch still visible in places), 45 x 60 cm.
Every family has its ghosts. Some are struggling to escape, held by our unwillingness to let go of the past; others are trapped by their own connections to a previous existence, waiting for a bit of encouragement before they can take flight into the next phase of their existence.
This painting relies on only two colors, Payne's Gray and Titanium White, the monochrome effect emphasizing the sense that the figure is not quite real, transparent to his background.
Note: These pieces owe a nod of thanks to Italian photographer Tina Modotti (1896-1942) who also explored the expressive potential of the image of the human hand.
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