The First to Speak Painting by David Holcomb

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The artwork framed on the worktable, with paint and brushes nearby to indicate scale.
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Painting: Acrylic, Paper on Wood.

"The First to Speak", 2015, acrylic and paper on wood, 18 x 24 inches (45 x 60 cm).

This piece illustrates the basic conflict between the rational, structured, side of the human indentity and the wild, disorganized, side. Out of this struggle comes our need to communicate, and the words we use to do it.

The plywood panel is gessoed and sealed, then painted with a rough collision of dark, cool blues, apple green, and a dark, muddy red. Different thicknesses of paper, in shades of dark gray-green, brown, white, and beige are cut into a variety of shapes -- some geometric, some organic -- and layered with more thinned paint, then sanded to allow suggestions of the underlying surfaces to ghost through. The final layer is sanded smooth and finished with a light coat of UV-protectant varnish.




The First to Speak

David Holcomb

United States


Size: 18 W x 24 H x 0.3 in

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