so i painted this picture for a client many years ago, and was recently reminded of it when it was featured on houzz.com:
|painting by moi; brass elephants by god. ;-)|
i swear when i painted it i was inspired by the work of stuart davis, one of my all time favorite artists, but not having his abilities, i simplified it a bit to black and white, with NO curves i couldn't properly execute. then, when i had even MORE technical problems painting it, i roughed it up a bit.
|stuart davis, memo, 1956, one of my inspirations|
since then, i've seen the chic home of reed and delphine krakoff, everywhere, with this fabulous wall sized painting by al held, an american abstract expressionist:
|delphine krakoff in front of her amazing al held painting in teh november 2011 issue of harper's bazaar. (photo by the hot douglas friedman. google him if you don't believe me).|
pretty similar to my painting, right? do you think he was influenced by stuart davis as well? maybe sol lewitt? i know he has now influenced me, and we've come full circle, 'cuz when i recently sold something to a client and was faced with a blank wall that needed something on it, asap (i abhor a blank wall), i decided to just
copy pay homage directly to al held, and painted this:
|painting by moi, 2012. deceptively simple looking, this sucker was actually pretty damn time consuming)|
my painting is different enough that i don't really think it's an exact copy, but the influence is certainly there. of course, this raises all sorts of questions about artistic license, the time tested use of artistic appropriation as an art form, plagiarism, etc, etc. but really? (to quote myself from rue magazine) at the end of the day, i just want things to be pretty- is that so wrong?