When It Spoke I Took Notes & This Is What It Say

Hello again art lovers,

I hope you are well.

I’m alright.  I’m gearing up for the next phase of studies which of course, I will be posting here upon completion.  Today however, I have posted one of the last studies I finished.

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I’ve also been photographing some older works with a higher-quality camera.  The goal is to eventually have everything still in my possession re photographed, but that is a pretty big job and will take some time.  I’ve attached a couple of new images of the “Pet Gun” pieces from 2012/2013 below.

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To see other recently completed pastel studies and my current selection of work in watercolor, oil, mixed media, ect, please visit my website ckirkart.com.

   Until next timehave a great week.

 

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All NEW Painting! The MR MIRACLE Mythos – “Excappare”

Hello again art lovers,

I hope all is well in your worlds.

I finally finished up the LARGE-SCALE painting I started last December.  I operated a little differently than I normally do.  I usually have a major painting mapped out from top to bottom prior to even picking up a brush, but I had very little planned before returning to this piece.  Pretty much everything other than the figure in black and the rectangle behind him manifested as the painting progressed.  I went with my intuition and it felt good.

Anyway, enough about process, there’s a high quality image of my first piece completed in 2016 and a brief statement about Apoko-Lips below.

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ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Apoko-Lips initiated toward the end of 2013. I was suddenly struck, then obsessed with pictorial concepts of strange messengers. These concepts came to fruition in a collection I now call the Apoko-Lips – Primer. These large oil paintings featured harbingers who foreshadowed awe-inspiring change. Change arrived, wasn’t noticed until after the fact, and has yet to depart. Since then, the ongoing series Apoko – Lips became for me, a collection of allegories depicting transmutation through personalized interpretation of archaic symbolism. Apoko-Lips directed my focus away from contemporary culture, the velocity of information and life lived online through high-tech touch screens, and shifted my contemplation inward. Actions and movements interrupted by glitch, are emphasized in the 2014/2015 Initiation works as a “Note to self” or memento of the physical body, the external world, and to reboot, or expand consciousness. The 2015 Behold The Son Of GRID additions to Apoko-Lips feature outlandish entities who reveal declarations that could be considered confusing, presumptuous, and vitriolic. The experimentation that brought forth the Behold The Son Of GRID works eventually led to upheaval and discord in every area of my personal life, drove me to the edge of sanity, and educated me, through what I can only describe as “Tough love”, on laws of the universe. Fortunately, change is the only constant and I’ve risen from the ashes as an old bard with epics full of metaphor, monsters, and glory in Apoko-Lips – The MR MIRACLE Mythos.

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Until next time, have a great week.

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CKirk

A.K.A.

The Son Of GRID

A.K.A

Mister Miracle

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Musing + Funny Animation

Is abstract expressionism outdated?  What do you think?

kind regards,

ckirk

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Rediscovering the Road Journal circa 2003

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I was hanging out with my son this morning.  We couldn’t partake in our usual play excursion in the woods because it was a rainy day.  I couldn’t help but think of the Cat In the Hat and quickly became bored.  We headed downstairs to my studio and I rummaged around in stacks of old stuff.  I found a sketchbook from 2003.  It wasn’t just any sketchbook…it was one of my road journals.

Back in my early twenties I had dropped out of art school, had been arrested more times than I could count, and was enrolled in a pro wrestling school.   After sustaining a near disfiguring facial injury from a ring wearing rotten bastard of a bouncer in a red neck bar, I briefly reevaluated my life.  I quite my wrestling training and headed to Southern California.   Despite falling in love with the weather, I rarely went out and left some months later.  I went to Florida close to the Atlantic Cost.  When away from the beach I found the humid climate harsh and the mosquito swarms horrible.  I went out way too much in Florida.  I had a lot of fun, was stabbed through the hand, and barely escaped prosecution.

I returned to Texas broke.  I slept on my parent’s couch for about a month when an old pal we’ll call Cotton called or came by.  He needed a partner to travel the US delivering furniture.  So I was off again.  We had a lot of fun traveling in that huge 18 wheeler.  In Australia they call them “Road Trains”.  Anyway we lived in a big furniture warehouse in North Carolina when we weren’t traveling down the highway.  we slept on beds that were later sold to consumers as new.    I thought of myself more as a writer before the long trip with Cotton began.

After dropping out of art school where I majored in Graphic Design, I gave up on drawing and hadn’t so much  as picked of a pencil to sketch in about three years.  Graphic Design and the school I attended  had left a bad taste in my mouth to say the least.  It was on the cross country trips with Cotton that I started drawing again.  He wasn’t much for literature so he didn’t get my writing.  I needed a way to entertain and express myself, so I bought a sketchbook and some number two pencils.  That’s how I rediscovered my love for sketching.  I filled the notebook with hundreds of drawings.  Many were autobiographical and some were merely fantasy, but they were almost all certainly depraved.

Finding the road journal today took me back through a very fun but chaotic period in my life.   The crude comic style drawings made me proud of the technical progress I have made.  Flipping through the pages reminded me of experiences that set me on my career path and it really, really made me glad I quite drinking.  Seriously.

Anyway, I began to wonder what I could do with this sketch book which documents a chunk of my life.  Its littered with hundreds of funny, perverted, sad, and psychotic drawings.  They don’t represent much technique but are a clear example of raw talent and commitment.  I thought about scanning the pages of the journal and putting together a book or maybe I’ll auction off  the original road beaten journal sometime in the future.  Who knows?  I’d like to upload some of the photos here on my blog, but then I would have to change my setting to x rated.

Until next time

ckirk

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Reworking a Large Canvas from 2009

Hello all,

While the weather isn’t perfect yet it’s cooled off a little here in Texas and I’ve been able to return to my ground level studio to work with oil.  Anyway, I’ve been staring at one of my very sub-par works from 2009 for about three years now as it has been hanging upstairs in my living room since completion.  That’s right…no one ever purchased it!  It wasn’t a horrible work, but was undertaken only months after I finally broke away from  years of stenciling….which really slowed my progression as a serious painter and draftsman.

That being said, I was upstairs loafing about and the idea of reworking the piece hit me suddenly.  I’d say within five minutes I had lugged the giant canvas down the stairs and was using primer to blot out the face.  I’ve put in a handful of painting sessions and it’s already looking much better.  Anyway, the piece isn’t finished yet.  I still need to work on the mouth area as well as add more layers and tones, but I wanted to share some photos anyway.

The work when after completion in 2009

In Progress 2012

Until next time,

ckirk

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NEW Book Now Available

Hello all,

I have a new book titled “Ckirk Art: I Can Paint With Anything” now available through Blurb.

This book is a collection of eclectic figurative drawings and paintings created using various media including watercolor, spray paint, oil, pastel, collage and more. This ongoing collection of work is a strangely beautiful mixture of myth, literature, evolution, anthropomorphism, pornography, Dr. Seuss, natural instincts, and the human experience.

You can preview the first 15 pages of the book and even purchase from the widget below.          

Short Video Preview

Hello all,

I’m excited.  2012 is just around the corner so I decided to release this video short featuring a quick preview of works to come.  I’m hoping to do the official release and update my website sometime in february.  Until then, I hope you enjoy the video short.

Until next time,

ckirk

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