Architecture and romance 1

10 07 2015

ArchRomance150-500jpg6 ArchRomance150-500jpg10 ArchRomance150-500jpg9 ArchRomance150-500jpg8 ArchRomance150-500jpg7I set up a challenge for myself to cross math with emotion. That is coolness with warmth. Architecture and romance. Polar opposites. That’s where these pieces come from.



Horace Pippin

10 07 2015

Horace Pippin (February 22, 1888 – July 6, 1946) was a self-taught African-American painter. The injustice of slavery and American segregation figure prominently in many of his works.

A Pennsylvania State historical Marker was placed at 327 Gay St., West Chester, Pennsylvania to commemorate his accomplishments and mark his home where he lived at the time of his death.[1]

He was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Goshen, New York. There he attended segregated schools until he was 15, when he went to work to support his ailing mother.[2] As a boy, Horace responded to an art supply company’s advertising contest and won his first set of crayons and a box of watercolors. As a youngster, Pippin made drawings of racehorses and jockeys from Goshen’s celebrated racetrack. Prior to 1917, Pippin variously toiled in a coal yard, in an iron foundry, as a hotel porter and as a used-clothing peddler.[3] He was a member of St. John’s African Union Methodist Protestant Church.

Pippin served in the 369th infantry, the famous Harlem Hellfighters, in Europe during World War I, where he lost the use of his right arm after being shot by a sniper. He said of his combat experience:

I did not care what or where I went. I asked God to help me, and he did so. And that is the way I came through that terrible and Hellish place. For the whole entire battlefield was hell, so it was no place for any human being to be.

I love this guy’s work, his story telling, and his humility as an artist.

Calendar Girls 3

10 07 2015

I got bored at the pin up calendar girls in gas stations, pool halls, rectories during the 1960s that I created my own calendar. For the brain. These are not faces I drew. They are a collage of faces, with parts whitened out. And then copied. Pieces added. And then coloured

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Life is not what it seems, my son

10 07 2015

Life is not what it David Halliday