Friday, October 2, 2009

Two pinwheel candies on Target

Acrylic on gessoed hardboard, #161
12 x 12'', 2009

This mason jar was purchased on ebay more than a year ago especially as a prop for a painting because of the greenish tint in the glass. In the meanwhile, I've been using it in my studio to store some candy. This image is from a studio shoot I did on the spur of the moment while I was waiting on paint to dry. The art book is ''Pop Art'' by Tilmon Osterwold (page 2) with Jasper Johns ' Target (1974). The original artwork by Johns is en caustic and mixed media on canvas. There appears to be a collage of newspaper print underneath the paint. In the photo study, you get reds that bleeds on the yellow that does not occur on the original. It is probably cause by depth of field of the camera. The title was inspired by my son Jean-Luc whom I suspect sneaks into my studio to visit the jar sitting on a bookcase, since I have no explanations why I have to refill it once in a while since I don't eat any.

Near & Far - Handworks Gallery Oct. 16-30, 2009


  1. Alvin, I'm so impressed with all of the work you've done for this show. If I lived closer, I'd go see them in person. I'd love to see how they look framed in the gallery - if you get some pics, would you post them? Really fabulous work. Good luck with your show!

  2. I like the casual feel of this painting, Alvin.

    Like the subject matter wasn't pre-planned/arranged but just kind of happened instead.

    How did you know the glass had a green tint if buying it through eBay? Did you know this ahead of time or was it a surprise to you?

    Another impressive painting!