Wednesday, March 26, 2008

painting in red thinking of Bill Brice

Today I worked on a red painting. It has bigger shapes and less of them than the blue painting. To me they vaguely reference classical and Roman architecture in a clunky sort of way. I had been thinking for the last few days of Bill Brice who passed away last week (read his obituary here). He was an early favorite of mine an artist best known for grand-scale abstract paintings that suggested fragments of ancient classical ruins. His very elegant and essential paintings seemed to conflate the quirky, personal and modernist tendancies of Pablo Picasso and Paul Klee with the formal, epic and monumentel grandeur of classical antiquity. An unlikely seeming juxtaposition that he nevertheless pulled off to tremendous effect (quite literally - some of the paintings wewre 119 inches high!).

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