I have recently been given the opportunity to have a one person show at the Alexander Salazar Fine Art Gallery in San Diego, which will be my first solo exhibition in my professional career. With your support I will be able to truly take advantage of this life changing opportunity.
The exhibition will consist of Paintings, Drawings and Etchings of “Ambiguous Allegories” which are my commentaries and observations on daily living through the use of symbolic narratives. Many of the works combine humans and animals to signify emotions and reactions in relationships. Although the works are reflections on my personal life, they deal with concepts that every person can relate to. We are all trying to figure out who we want to be, who we truly are, and our place in society. As with all Allegories we each have different interpretations, and each interpretation can change and evolve as we grow in life.
Your funding will cover the ever growing cost of materials, such as canvas, paper, oil paints and mediums, paint brushes, and drawing supplies, as well as framing, shipping, and promotion.
I want to thank you for taking the time to look at my project and helping me get my work to San Diego. Your support means the world to me, and will not only help make this exhibition a reality, but a great success as well.
Statement: Contemporary Traditionalist
In a world run by technology and instant gratification, I am grounded by a tradition implemented by generations of Master Artists. Using techniques influenced by Old Masters, such as Rembrandt, Whistler, and Sargent, I create allegories that speak to issues of private contemporary society.
The symbolism created within my work stems from personal experiences in daily living, often using animals to signify emotions and reactions in relationships. These ideas then begin their arduous evolution from my sketchbook to the final canvas. My paintings are contemporary, yet timeless, myths expressed by emissaries of familiar faces of family members, friends, and colleagues.
Why myth? Because it connects us to the world and to one another. It negates our differences and embraces what we actually are, human beings. We all descend from tribes and have comparable origins, and as the same species, have similar reactions to our surroundings. Myth stems from within us and is molded by culture. It is a response to our everyday life and embellishes certain details to express a greater truth. My images come about in a similar way; what I perceive to be in the spirit of my earliest ancestors. Through my work, those close to me become divine beings, and their stories are told in a fantastic way. My art process is the ritual by which I express these personal myths.
My works are observations and commentaries on daily living through the use of allegory. The meanings behind the symbolic images, although personal, are meant to be interpreted in many different and individual ways. The subjects are often therianthropic figures; some animal parts morphing into the body elegantly, while some protrude instead. These zoomorphs are an extension or form of the “self,” a reflection of identity – not to be confused with spirit guides or totems. The paintings recognize and confront my own daimons, which Rollo May refers to as any motive that has the ability to take over a person (Rollo May, Love and Will, p.123). Issues that cause a personal struggle are not uncommon: concepts such as the challenge to affirm our respective anima or animus, or true inner self, and socioeconomic status are ideas that many
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