For awhile now, I’ve been interested in trying new materials to work with, something other than canvas or paper. A few artists that I know paint on wooden skateboard decks, and I thought that would be something very interesting to try.
My friend at the local Rendition Gallery (go check it out folks) ordered a few skatedecks for the upcoming show at the gallery, so I picked one up from him to get started.
It’s a bit of a departure from the canvas I’ve been painting on (with acrylics). Brushstrokes are smoother, of course, without the canvas texture to catch it. The dry paint even picks up a bit from the wood, something I hadn’t run into with the canvas materials.
It’s been a fun experiment, and this is how it turned out. It ended up a little more “political” than I normally do as well, making a statement as it does. Though all art, really, makes a statement, this kind of image calls for a course of action or for recognition of an issue. I hadn’t really done that before with my work, but I thought this particular image lent itself to that.
Here it is, I call it The All-Mighty Dollar. It’s acrylic on a wooden skatedeck, approximately 32″ x 8″. It will be on display at the Rendition Gallery in Fort Collins, Colorado, this coming First Friday (January 6, 2012). It’s also available for purchase at any time, just let me know.
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