A polyphonic composition constructed on one or more short subjects or themes, which are harmonized according to the laws of counterpoint, and introduced from time to time with various contrapuntal devices.
A flight from one's own identity, often involving travel to some unconsciously desired locality.
―Oxford English Dictionary
Good Friday | Dusk, digital vector artwork, 2019.
The first of these works, Cockaigne, began with a selection of shapes from the works in my Stranger Shields series. The shapes were not randomly chosen, but picked quickly, not thinking much about style or scale. Using these “leftovers,” I assembled a complex, multilayered composition using the shapes as color notes.
As a painter, I spent years using oil paint in a manner similar to Venetian artists of the Italian Renaissance. I would begin with a base layer of colors, then apply transparent and semi-transparent layers of color on top of those. The result was a complex chromatic surface, one containing colors I hadn’t purposely mixed, hues instead produced by overlapping semi-opaque notes. I used the same kind of visual thinking in Cockaigne, changing both the colors and the opacities of the shapes in the layers, generating plenty of happy accidents. This resulted in a complicated abstract push-and-pull, with shapes appearing to rise, fall, hover, or sink relative to the overall design.
I found this process very exciting, challenging, and rewarding. I therefore began new works created with all-new shapes, some of which are completely non-objective, and some which are drawn from life.
Once I completed the initial composition of one of these Fugues, I created variations using a range of possible color sets. Each work exists in several versions, each version varying in mood and tone.These are a selection of works — click here to view the series in its entirety on Behance.
Sosus | Primavera, digital vector artwork, 2019.
Monsters | Miracolo, digital vector artwork, 2018.
Swift | Rosso, digital vector artwork, 2018.
Cockaigne, digital vector artwork, 2017.