9. The Little Wagon

 The Little Wagon, 2017, oil on panel, 20 x 16 inches

The Little Wagon, 2017, oil on panel, 20 x 16 inches

Since the details for my October solo exhibition at Angela King Gallery in New Orleans are falling into place, I can begin revealing my latest paintings that will be included in the show. I'll start with The Little Wagon and give some insight into how it evolved. This can be considered the second in a series. The first was The Carriage which is now part of the permanent collection of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs, FL. It had been popular and drew considerable attention so I wanted to create another version.

  The Carriage , 2014, oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches (Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art permanent collection)

The Carriage, 2014, oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches (Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art permanent collection)

The figures in both paintings are based on found black-and-white antique photographs. For The Little Wagon I chose the photo below.

My intention in both pieces was to combine realism and abstraction into a single painting. I like the idea of using children, little girls in this case, for their uncorrupted earnestness and willingness to engage. They haven't yet learned to discriminate based on adult prejudices.

For me, these paintings are metaphors for the art world. There is a large antagonism towards abstract painting in the general public, and even among many representational artists that I speak with. However, these girls have accepted, are proud to display, and are not intimidated by the otherness of the companions they enjoy associating with.

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