Portraits of Perversions

These paintings explore the intrinsic perversion of human interpersonal relationships. The characters are caught in a crisis between social ideals of identity and personal insecurities brought on by their own conflicting wants and needs. Although the combination of surface quality, color and paint handling emphasize the paintings’ seriousness, it is undercut by what is represented. For what more are we to do but laugh when we find our relationships never truly realize the ideals we set up for them, yet we learn to love the form they have taken—flaws and all.

  

If these paintings leave viewers feeling slightly disturbed it is the result of their own acknowledgement that something about the uncomfortable relationships depicted within bear an uncanny familiarity to their own. The superficial seduction of the work’s initial scopic pleasure gives way to a more inclusive, albeit unsettling, understanding of the perverse nature of these relationships through an empathic dynamic between viewer and painting.

 

 

 

Pitch
Pitch

oil on panel 8" x 8"

Lob
Lob

oil on panel 9" x 6"

Quench
Quench

oil on panel 18" x 20"

A Reasonable Request
A Reasonable Request

oil on panel 20" x 18.75"

Harvest
Harvest

oil on panel 35" x 32"

Splinter
Splinter

oil on panel 32" x 27"

The Consumate Victim's Son and
The Consumate Victim's Son and

The Perpetual Provocateur's Husband oil on panel 37" x 29"

Saddle
Saddle

oil on panel 25" x 23"

Poke
Poke

oil on panel 15" x 13"

The Merchants
The Merchants

oil on panel 32" x 30"

What Shines So Bright Burns So Hot
What Shines So Bright Burns So Hot

oil on panel 20" x 20"

Swag
Swag

oil on panel 24" x 26.5"