I'm a big fan of George Bellows and many other artists from the early 20th. It was a great time to be a painter. The doors were really flung open and so many artist discovered unique and profound voices. Boxing and wrestling was a popular subject to paint. But Ol' George has the last word with Stag at Sharkey's.
very nice painting Peter. I like how your work is getting more impressionistic.
Zina SaundersAugust 31, 2007
I really love the angular abstraction/fracturing your brush work creates. I also love the expression on the guy's face, a great economy of detail that still conveys so much power and emotion.
laura t.August 31, 2007
nice painting! i agree with zina, the brush strokes are really great.
Mark FisherAugust 31, 2007
Peter, very powerful. The large strokes remind me of a computer image enlarged to where you see the individual pixels. I mean no disrespect to your painting by that but see some sort of possible connection between the two mediums. Ding!
Dale StephanosAugust 31, 2007
Peter, beautiful work there. I admire your ability to put a brushstroke down and leave it there. I;m a big Bellows fan as well.
Scott BakalAugust 31, 2007
BAM! Ka-Plooey! A knockout my man!
Tim O\'BrienAugust 31, 2007
I would love to have your record yourself doing a painting to watch you NOT touch a brush stroke once it's down. I lack that ability.
Love the boxing theme too. I see that our Red boxer is landing a perfectly timed left hook over the wild blue boxer, hands down, not protecting his face. The headgear means they are either sparring or amateurs. Based on the hint of a crowd I'd say amateurs. So, the dude in the blue is gonna lose.
(then again, judging the outcome of a fight based on a painting has not merit: Dempsey eventually climbed back into the ring to knock out Firpo)
Peter CusackAugust 31, 2007
Thanks for stopping by drawgerites. Hope you guys have a great weekend and spend it chillin in a pair of sandals listening to classic Zep and maybe a little Springstine, or whatever gives you that summa feel.
Tim! great analysis! Your comments really bring the piece to life. I'm backing my blue boxer. He's not much for defense but he's got that right arm cocked back and is gunna deliver a crushing blow to mr. red's ribs and follow with a devastating left to his glass freeaakin jaw!!!! YEAH! I'm pumped! Where's my jump rope! I also didn't know what actually happens in that Bellows painting. Nice one. Thannks.
Mark! Ding! LOL.
Zina i can always count on you for a pointed comment. Economy of detail—yes I can see that. I think you could say the same for the artist I mentioned—G Bellow. Now that I am thinking, Bellows painted a painting called "River Rats". Its of kids swimming along the Hudson shoreline. It's a painting of muddy bluffs with derelict kids running around the shoreline. So much of the painting is kind of vaguely stated but there is one boy down at the bottom of the painting that is clearly and fully articulated. That articulation holds together and defines all the other more vague elements.
Peter and Laura and Dale and Scottso. I'm having a lot of fun playing with this brushstroke idea. There is something about this approach that just feels freeing.
CIAO for NOW
David ZeggertSeptember 6, 2007
Thodoris TibilisNovember 5, 2007
Your work is amazing! Congratulations!
I like very much your determinative brush strokes and your powerful work!
So much energy !