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Urban Skin: A New Artwork Series

Posted on October 31st, by David in Art Shows, News. Comments Off on Urban Skin: A New Artwork Series

Over the past year, I’ve been working on a new series of pieces which debuted this summer at my solo show at Gary Manuel Salon. I thought I would share a bit of background on the Urban Skin series, as well as images of the works in progress, so you can see the body of work if you weren’t able to make it to my show.

For a few years, I’ve been working primarily on canvas and wood panels. I wanted to get “back to basics” and do a few pieces on paper again. I’ve always used photos I take as inspiration for my pieces, which led me to think about incorporating actual printed photos into the new works on paper. So, I dove in!

First, I selected a number of photos of textures that I really like. These were shots mostly of lichen-covered walls, rusting and corroded surfaces, and concrete walkways that had interesting markings on them: almost like hieroglyphics. I had these images digitally printed in color on large sheets of uncoated paper, similar to the kind I use for my printmaking.

Urban Skin 1 – Digital photographs, printed on  uncoated paper

Digital photographs, printed on uncoated paper

I then did a series of monotype prints inspired by the colors and textures I saw in my photos.

Urban Skin 1 – Monotype prints, with my digital photos

Monotype prints, with my digital photos

I then brought them all together and selected sections of these prints to collage together into grid-like compositions.

Urban Skin 3 – Creating the grid compositions

Creating the grid compositions

From there, I added machine stitching and additional layers of very thin monotype prints on top of the paper grids.

Urban Skin 4 – Stitching the grid pieces together

Stitching the grid pieces together

Urban Skin 5 – Close-up of stitching the prints

Close-up of stitching the prints

The result is what I call the Urban Skin series, celebrating the colors and textures I see in the surfaces of our urban environment. Here is a gallery of all the finished Urban Skin pieces, most of which are still available. Please contact me if you are interested in making an artwork purchase.

You can also visit my Artwork on Paper Gallery to see more details about each piece; just click the “Urban Skin” filter on that gallery page to see only the pieces in this series.




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