Brouhaha is the title of an exhibition I had in the summer of 2021 at Transmission Gallery in Oakland, CA of 15 paintings, most shown below. In 1980’s I saw a downtown NYC performance artist on stage who at one point riffed on the word “brouhaha” until it became just laughter: “brouhahahaha” and I was struck. Mixing danger and fun. Painted during the fraught years of 2020-2021 in a blind creative flurry/fury. Additional artwork in the show shown on “Beauty” page. Detail below.
Brouhaha, oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches, 2021. From a black and white photograph where I directed some little girls in a tea party scene. A frenzied fracas narrative.
Ann’s Day, oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches, 2021. I wanted to paint this bigger and with more visceral emotion than the previous version, below. She is brown skinned in homage to my brother, who died too young. “Ann” is my mom’s name. Mom had a feisty flair and told me as a child that I could be whatever I wanted to be. The girl’s stance here is that attitude.
Sonia at Cape Ann, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches, 2020. Sold. Suit pattern inspired by the transcendent art of Sonia Delaunay.
Pageant Crossing, 40 x 60 inches, oil on canvas, 2021. I was inspired by a photograph I took at the Caribbean Day Parade in Brooklyn in the 1990’s. There are many things alternating here; black/white, male/female, crowns/cop hats, dresses/pants, etc. I love when reality is weird. Detail below.
Pageant Crossing detail
Cousins By Elk Lake, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 2020.
Girl Ironing, 24 x 30 inches, oil on canvas, 2019
Girl Ironing On Green Carpet, 36 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, 2020. I always wanted a toy iron as a kid. My brother got a chemistry set, though.
Girl Ironing detail
All The Rest, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches, 2020. Sold. This was a time when I felt exhausted by the news in every way and I wanted to create a scene of restful peace. Inspired by a Victorian photograph of a child with her pet fox. Under the table is a capybara.
All The Rest detail
We Could Be Heroes, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches, 2021. Detail below.
We Could Be Heroes detail
Sinonyx Abyss, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches, 2020. Frantic life, with prehistoric creatures, figure inspired by a 1970’s fashion ad. Textile patterns invented.