Sunday, August 24, 2008

Modern Family

My goal in "Modern Family" was to combine a diverse set of elements from modern art into one painting. The background is obviously sampled from Mondrian with solid blocks of primary colors defined by simple black lines. To me, Piet Mondrian's work is almost the definition of 'modern'. The canvas is 1.5" thick and the sides are also painted in primary or secondary colors surrounded by black lines so that any approach to the painting will expose another block of color.
The women have elements borrowed from Modigliani, especially the long, graceful, exaggerated necks. The peaceful expressions and almost closed eyes are reminiscent of Issa Shojaei and the multiple perspective of the faces is from Picasso. The subject matter is certainly modern, raising issues of morality, family, gender, and race.

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