New # 15: An Intriguing Nude Triptych

Hello again art lovers,

I just stopped in to share my new triptych titled Apoko – Lips # 15.  This set took a while to finish.  I think we did the photo shoot over a month ago, for christ sakes!  Some of you may recognize the figures and props from an earlier and very popular blog post.  If not, and you’re interested in seeing the pre processed photos just click  here.  Anyway, I really like where the 2015 work is headed.  It’s still focused on contemporary culture, technology and action interrupted by glitch, but with this piece, I’m looking at old ideas and pairing them with the modern equivalent.

I uploaded a large image of the full triptych and each individual section of the piece below.

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Apoko – Lips #15

Acrylic, emulsion, transfer pencil, graphite, micron pen, oil pastel on watercolor paper, 2015

Enlarged Adaptation

UV inks on metal.

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#15 Section 1

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#15 Section 2

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#15 Section 3

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In other news, the all new ckirkart.com will be operational next week and will exclusively feature my new series Apoko – Lips.  For the next 7 days, I am offering you free shipping on any purchases of art created prior to 2014.   This offer ends March 25th at midnight.  If there’s a piece you’ve been considering, now’s a good time to grab it.

Click here to see what’s available.

If you see anything you like, email info@ckirkart.com and we’ll be happy to help.

Until next time,

Ckirk

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Nude Angels With Shaved Pubes Riding Flying Musical Doomsday Apparatus’

Hello again dear readers,

Despite the fact that I don’t believe a word of it, I’ve always been fascinated with the imagery that the book of revelations stirs up in the brain.  Read the excerpt below and you’ll see what I mean.

 

Revelation 16:1

1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

Now that that’s out-of-the-way, I have to mention that I’m really excited. After working on my interpretation of the excerpt above off and on for most of the year, I finally finished up the second incarnation of studies for the 7 trumpeting angels that make their fabulous entrance after the opening of the 7th seal.   I also just finished scanning the pieces at high-resolution for presentation and hopefully enlargement at some point.

I know a year sounds like a long time to work on something but a lot went into the pieces.  The first phase of studies was initially created as a sort of collage. You see, each piece is composed from dozens of re appropriated photographs.  I spent a long time searching for imagery, piecing them together and deciding on the composition, which changed frequently.

 

 I also took measures to personalize each individual re-appropriated photo I used in order completely make the work my own.

 

The imagery I assembled is very literal and showcases for me at least, how unbelievable the whole concept seems when it’s taken literally. I tried to remove all the fear/creep-factor that’s associated with the subject of the seven seals out of the equation so that all you have left is simply a modern artist’s interpretation of the literal imagery described, which kind of looks like something you’d see in a super hero comic book. Of course, I added Jack Kirby/New Gods-style apparatus and to reference current public pubic preferences, made sure the angels all had shaved vaginas, but that’s neither here nor there.

 

I also decided to reference the blue stylings of Yves Klein.
I think the reference to Klein adds one more historic layer to the work despite the fact that it has absolutely nothing to do with the subject matter but everything to do with the nude women and the color blue.  The Klein reference was a last-minute decision and I’m still not sure it was the right one for these composition,
but the work need to be completed and I was tired of dragging the project out.

 

The final phase was to assimilate these fragmented works into seven single pieces.  I chose printmaking to do so.  Later, I embellished the work with micron pen, graphite, acrylic and watercolor.  Finally I sealed them all with Elmer’s glue and did the necessary scanning.  The works shown are the second incarnation.  I’m hoping to eventually enlarge the pieces.

 

 I’m currently calling them “Yves Angels” but only because I haven’t found a more clever name as of yet, but hopefully I will.

 

So, check out the images below if nude angels with shaved pubes riding flying musical doomsday apparatus’ is something you’d like to experience.

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#3,

Size yet to be determined,

Emulsion, watercolor, acrylic, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on recycled watercolor paper, 2014

angel_two

#2,

Size yet to be determined,

Emulsion, watercolor, acrylic, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on recycled watercolor paper, 2014

angel_one

#1,

Size yet to be determined,

Emulsion, watercolor, acrylic, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on recycled watercolor paper, 2014

angel_six

#6,

Size yet to be determined,

Emulsion, watercolor, acrylic, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on recycled watercolor paper, 2014

angel_four

#4,

Size yet to be determined,

Emulsion, watercolor, acrylic, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on recycled watercolor paper, 2014

angel_five

#5,

Size yet to be determined,

Emulsion, watercolor, acrylic, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on recycled watercolor paper, 2014

angel_seven

#7,

Size yet to be determined,

Emulsion, watercolor, acrylic, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on recycled watercolor paper, 2014

I should mention

that because I am in the process of rebuilding my website, none of the new work I made this year is displayed there as of yet.  If you’re interested in any 2014 art, please contact me at

info@ckirkart.com

If you’d like to see work created prior to 2014, visit ckirkart.com by clicking the link below.

If you would like to suggest a title for the pieces, please leave your idea in the comment section.

Until next time,

ckirk

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Sculpting Again After 5 Years Away From The Medium

Hi all,

As those of you who regularly read my blog know, I have had several commission this year already.  I’m proud to say that I have completed all but one of those pieces.  I still have a very fun charcoal drawing to finish, but it should be done next week.  I have said to myself for about the last 3 or 4 weeks (Probably longer), that once I get my commission finished, I would like to develop some of my current themes into sculpture.  Well, I cheated a bit.  Today while I was looking after my son, I broke out my old oil based clay and tools (That hasn’t been touched in oh…about 5 years) and decided to play around a bit.  I’m happy with what I came up with…though the sculptures were more for practice than anything else.  I’m looking forward to casting a little and working with straw, plaster, paper mache and various other forms of sculpture again.

Anyway, I figured I’d share a few photos of the oil based clay sculptures I toyed around with today.

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A new spin on Ben Grimm (The Thing of The Fantastic 4)

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An old “Codger” clay version (Without a reference photo) of my Re Imaging Gozer painting

Until next time,

ckirk

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Pet Gun Big Dick Demi God Apocalypse

until next time,

ckirk

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A Few New Watercolors, Petgun-Petgun-Apocalypse

Hi all,

I’m starting my next commission this week…an oil portrait of cigarette smoking Frenchman La Dav and have been doing watercolors almost everyday.  I finished reading “Arkham Asylum” and wanted to use Dave McKean’s version of the Joker without actually doing a joker piece.  

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I also took my 3-year-old son to the comic book store for the first time.  Grabbed him a Batman cowl and cape.  Put the receipt in an envelope to write off on my taxes and referenced a photograph of the kid in the cowl for yet another “Pet Gun” painting.

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Also after completing the “Galactus” themed piece last week…I figured why not do another portrait of myself as another marvel villain?  This time I chose Apocalypse  because I also subscribe to Darwin’s theory of Evolution.

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“”Portrait Of The Artist As Advocate For Natural Selection”, 11 x 14 “, Watercolor on 90lb acid-free Watercolor paper, 2013

Until next time

ckirk

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Expressing My Ambition & Appetites: Galactus Themed Watercolor + New Art Video

Hi again,

I finished putting the Schoch commission video together yesterday.  The video shows the progression of the oil painting from blank canvas to badass composition.  Its fun to watch!

I’ll be starting my next commission soon.  It’s much smaller, so it shouldn’t take as long.  I’ll be painting the face of a cigarette smoking Frenchman by the name of La Dave.  I’m excited because I’ll be using the same ruddy flesh tone pallet I employed on “Re Imagining Gozer”.  Before starting the commission, I had to get an idea that has been bouncing around in my head out and onto paper, so yesterday evening I started the watercolor below.

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 I normally keep my watercolors pieces loose  but I kept this piece much tighter than usual.  I figured painting myself in a Galactus mask would be a funny if not slightly ominous way of expressing my ambitions and my appetites.

The piece is titled “Portrait Of The Artist As Demi God With Eternal Appetite”, and was created with watercolor and primer.  The painting is on an 18 x 24″ sheet of 140lb acid free watercolor paper, but I’m not sure if the size is going to remain.  I’m going to take a proper photograph of the entire piece later today to see how it looks.  I may be cutting the sheet down the size above.

Until next time,

ckirk

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Retarded New Video/Morning Warm up Pieces + Finishing up “Bear Beast” Commission

Hi again,

I’ve made some good progress on the “Bear Beast/Pipe Fetish” commission.  Should be finishing it up today or tomorrow. It’s a little tricky because I’m having to use small brushes…soft small brushes that is.  I prefer stiffer bristles for oil.  Note to self….pick up some small “Stiff” brushes! Anyway, I had hoped to keep the pallete a little more simple, but there are many different gradients in the flesh of the reference study I created prior to actually putting paint to paper….I paint from observation mainly…so the various tones are showing up in actual painting.

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I started doing daily “Warm up” pieces again prior to studio work.  I had forgotten how well these loosen me up prior to studio work.  Here are a couple.

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Also, in my free time, I made a rather retarded, but well produced video short featuring the “Studies for upcoming oils” that I blogged about last week.  I always try to make my videos fun, so give it look and feel free to tell me what you think.

Until next time,

ckirk

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