Between Rock and a Hard Place at Susan Calloway Fine Arts
Hurry Up and Wait
66x42", oil on linen. Available.
52x30", oil on linen, SOLD
Cock and Ball story
24x34" oil on linen
40x60" Oil on linen. Available
Still Life with Sappho
60x30", oil on linen. Available.
16x20", oil on linen. Available.
30x40, oil on linen. Available.
5x7", oil on linen on board. Available.
5x7, oil on linen. Available.
Rock and Roll Diptych
Two 6x12", oil on board, SOLD
18x24", oil on linen. Available.
Fa La La La La (study for Busker Du)
20x50" oil on canvas. Available.
Paintings, like good music, are an art form that one can return to repeatedly. For me they often play into one another. I’ll take a break from my art, pick up the guitar and out comes a riff or the beginning of a song. I chase that for a little while and then return to the painting. It goes back and forth like that through most of the process.
For 30-odd years I fronted several alt/indie rock bands, with varying degrees of success (or failure depending on my outlook). When I finally threw in the towel in 2010 and devoted myself to painting I tried to keep as much distance as possible from music as a subject and it’s taken me awhile to circle back to it with a little more equanimity.
The still life paintings are meditations of my love of the electric guitar as an aesthetic object which also conjures up all sorts of memories and feelings. The narrative paintings are a wry reflection on my life as a musician. Drawing inspiration from the Golden Age of American Illustration (roughly 1880-1930) as well as contemporary classical realists and Old Masters, these works are an attempt to make some sense out of my past with what I hope is a universality that you can relate to.