American Art Awards – 2nd Place Pop Art

I almost didn’t enter any paintings the American Art Awards this year… some years I do, some years I don’t. Last year I entered several paintings, and won 5 awards… this year, I entered only one painting. The deadline had just passed and I hadn’t entered anything, and then I was contacted by AAA President Thom Bierdz, who graciously offered to extend the deadline if I wished to enter a painting. So I entered just one painting, “Variation On Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.” And now I am pleased to announce that it tied for second place in the Pop Art Category. Read the official announcement here.

Variation On Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa
Acrylic on stretched canvas – 24″ x 30″

Portrait Of Amy Winehouse

I recently posted that I was going to work on some larger pieces of a somewhat different nature. These are coming along fine, but it will be many months before any of this new work will be shown to the public. In the meantime, I am taking occasional breaks and doing some smaller pieces… just finished two… here’s the first.

Portrait Of Amy Winehouse
Acrylic on stretched canvas – 16″ x 20″

This painting is currently for sale in the Pop Art Shop, Randal Huiskens’ Pop Art Gallery.
Click here to view listing

The End Of An Era

I am about to begin a new phase in my art career. What does this mean? Well, it means the commercial Pop Art consisting of celebrity portraits, food art, and comic book-themed art is coming to an end. No longer will I be painting such work and releasing it to the public at a regular pace. I am going to start working on some larger, more personal art pieces that I have been wanting to do for some time. I may occasionally do a smaller work in the vein of what I have been doing, as I do enjoy creating those pieces, but they will be few and far between. There will rarely be any new art posts on this blog for a while…. although I will try to post somewhat regularly with discussion about art rather than new works.

What will the art be that I am turning to? As I said, they are major works rather than small portraits, and the pieces I have been envisioning will be on large canvases, and many will be polyptychs, consisting of multiple paintings within “one work.” These will take an extraordinary amount of time to create, so no longer will I be creating the work I have been known for on a regular basis. The end of an era for me.