Hey everyone. It's been a long time since I've been around these parts. Formats very different. Fancier.
I think the last time I posted anything here I was finishing up my study with Rick Berry. Since then, I've gone back to school at Massart in Boston to finish up my undergrad. Much has changed for me... I've decided against a career in illustration and I am now fully dedicated to "fine art painting" or whatever you want to make of that.
When I was here, most people posting were interested in comics/conceptart/illustration. It seems like that's still the case? I'm very curious to see sort of who has stuck with it/ who has moved away from it (like myself). I'm also interested in talking about painting, and would love to hear from people that are interested in painting as a more serious pursuit on its own. Lets talk discourse, lets talk about painters we like, and lets talk about the state of painting today.
One nice thing about being in school again is familiarizing myself with some kind of the contemporary rhetoric around painting- but it's also interesting to see how watered down the discourse becomes, and how school sort of sets up a framework for indoctrination but ultimately fails to realize it because the commitment to mainstream rhetoric is shallow and fragmented. I find myself navigating some nasty waters here... it's easy to see how much of a failure these schools are on so many levels, and how a place like the ARC that used to be talked about here frequently would be able to position themselves against it. But I think the ARC is tragically regressive, and certainly not the answer. I've come to think of much of the practice in an undergraduate art program as akin to some kind of ceremony that involves a lot of pantomiming.
I would never start a thread here without a pic, so heres a self portrait that I'm working on in studio right now. Oil on canvas, like 40"x30"
[img]Also, I've been maintaining a little tumblr full of paintings of the figurative breed that I'm in to, take a peek