This is a series begun in 2004 while living in Charleston, SC. My friend, a womens history professor, got me thinking about historical biases and I began to consider the fallacies that lay before me. What"s up with those people painted on ivory...
As it is becoming increasing difficult for me to source the portraits I am painting, I am less often to know the reference, or much about the sitter, as is the case here. What is interesting to me is the placement of the image befitting of the crown on the Bud can, thereby creating a good marriage of can and image which makes for the best pieces. Complete November 2014. Available, contact the artist.
Fairly large can, a 24oz, Bud. Good find as far as cans go. This is The Honorable Edmund Phipps, an English chap, third son of Henry Phipps, 1st Earl of Mulgrave. The original was painted in 1788, by Richard Cosway, when the sitter was 28. Complete Nov. 2014. Sold
I was enamored to revisit this piece from my first show in 2004, when I saw this recently at an old friends house. Notice the complete lack of painting except for a blocking in of the coat and tie and slight tint to the cheeks. This is Julius Pringle a relative on my dad's side of the family and the original of this miniature can be found in the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, SC where I grew up.
I love this no less than my current paintings which show what painting the same thing 700 times over the course of 11 years does to develop a painting style.
If anyone is looking for available work, Snyderman-Works Gallery in Philadelphia has a couple, please contact them. Otherwise, by next month I should have a some white trash and I will post here as soon as I do. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know you're interested and I can let you know when I have some. Thanks for looking!