I got some feedback today: I hope it is ok that I quote it here, it was that my work was reminiscent of:
Hockney’s sketches, Milton Avery landscapes and Alex Katz figures.
This is the second time someone has said that re Hockney – and I have been studying him avidly since, all I knew of him was the swimming pool stuff, now I have a fuller grasp. More on him some other time.
I’ve never heard of the other two, and so I have been surfin’. I’ll make this a Katz post.
I can see the similarity with some of my figures – the most recent being sketch #241 – what shall I call that style, “bucket fill”? Katz will inspire me to develop that – particularly for portraits. I like the way he can get the tones right in faces. even though there is little shading.
Some of his flat surfaces are in oils and many seem to be silkscreens & lithographs. As I reflect on these media I wonder what I will do when I can get out of this digital crucible?
Oil – printmaking of various kinds – acrylic – pastel – charcoal ?
And a pile of Alex Katz images follow:
Ada 3 – 1980
Boy with branch 1975
Penobscot Morning 2000
White Hat 1979