Los Angeles Paintings

Thirteen years ago I spent some time in Los Angeles, California and it had a huge impact on my painting. Whilst in Los Angeles I visited a number of art museums, including the Getty, LACMA, and the Simon Norton Museum in Pasadena. But it was the differences in culture that really struck me and influenced my paintings. It was quite a change from Auckland, New Zealand, where I had been working as a graphic designer in an advertising agency and painting in the evenings.

The following year I visited again and stayed for some weeks. Some of these paintings originated from that second visit. I started collecting some of the odd and extreme advertisements from the LA Weekly and headlines from the crazy Weekly World News. The works touch on some of the darker themes in the surrounding culture, such as extreme plastic surgery, drug use and America’s “war on terror”. I was also inspired by some of the American abstract expressionists I was seeing in the art museums, artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. The works had a raw feel, utilising bright colours and collage elements.

My Los Angeles artworks and collages have a home online on Facebook and Instagram @thepaintingblues

LA Triptych

LA Triptych. In these paintings I used elements of Christian iconography to comment on the values and celebrity worship that I encountered in Los Angeles.

Immaculate Conception

Immaculate Conception, 2003

Patron Saint of Hollywood

Patron Saint of Hollywood, 2003

A New Look

A New Look for a New You, 2003

LA Postcards group

LA postcards

Lip Augmentation

Lip Augmentation

Are you Lonely

Are you Lonely?

Drugs

Drugs

Weapons of Mass delusions

Weapons of Mass Delusions,

Weapons detail

Weapons, detail.

Giant Space Spiders

Giant Space Spiders

Giant space spiders detail

Space Spiders detail

Elvis IS alive

Elvis

Acrylic on Board

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