Globally, some of the most beautiful paper currency, represents some of the most economically devastated countries in the world. Broken bank note art work, is at once real and also fake. It proves the power of the visual medium to influence and shape perception or value.
At first blush these are strong graphic and illustrative pieces, with a deep texture and glowing rich color palette. Looking closer, these iconographic images and figures of the 20th century, collide graphically with metaphorical representations of outcomes we are still living with today. All of these pieces feature actual paper currency, past and present.
My art is hand crafted from the substrate to the final layer of pigment, in my Los Angeles studio. It takes 8-9 weeks to complete one painting and I use virtually any tool I can to realize my vision. Oil paints, blocks, custom made pigments, wax, various brushes and knives are all part of my kit.This is an ongoing series and more will come online as they are completed.