November 21, 2012

The Collectors - Where Are They Now? #3

The third in this series of blog posts are the paintings: Stand Clear of the Doors, Please! and You're Innocent When You Dream

To read more about the origins of this series, please go here.

Collectors Rachel and Eddie Eitches
Rachel Eitches
Eddie Eitches
Collector's Statement
I love the strong narrative element in Gregory Ferrand's work. A dramatic sense of foreboding enhanced by the lighting and the color scheme attracted my attention to this painting [Stand Clear of the Doors, Please!]. It conjures up the hustle and bustle of urban mass transportation. Diverse characters with expressive faces cross paths and reveal contrasting purposes. The limp bunny cradled by the girl in the foreground like a victim caught in the crossfire reminds me of a worn and beloved toy from my childhood."
Rachel Eitches
Stand Clear of the Doors, Please! was created to be shown in my space at Artomatic 2007. The painting was inspired by the paranoia generated through the policies and secrecy that was typical throughout the Bush years, when America was confronted with color alert codes, the revelation that secret detention centers run by the US existed, and public awareness campaigns that warned one that "If you see something, say something."
rough sketch
Stand Clear of the Doors, Please!
acrylic on canvas, 40"x24"
You're Innocent When You Dream  was created in 2011 and like many of my paintings explores the complexities of family life and the isolation and escapism sometimes induced by technology. I consider this painting to be a high point in the development of my creative process because I feel that I was successful in depicting the depth of shadow through the use of color (not just black paint) contrasted against light from one bright source (not just relying on white paint) through the use of layering.  In addition, I think that I was able to tell a multi-layered story successfully in just one shot.

rough sketch
You're Innocent When You Dream
acrylic on canvas, 30"x24"
The Collectors - Where Are They Now?

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