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 I grew up in Los Angeles in the 1950s and 60s, a quiet and moody child in a large family. I think passing my first eighteen years in that place left its impression on my visual sense. I became a friend of bright saturated color, and clarity of outline. There was a sense of large scale, of newness, and artificiality. A reader from an early age, I studied English literature at college before getting a medical degree in Chicago. I practiced medicine in San Francisco for 2 decades. During this time I started to explore more fully my lifelong attraction to art by attending classes at the San Francisco Art Institute, and I set up a work studio at home. Within several years this interest subsumed all others, and in 2001 I left hospital practice and moved to New York to begin life as an artist. After a year of study at Sotheby's Institute, i began painting full-time in 2004. I lived in Brooklyn and worked in a studio in Manhattan's garment district.  I relocated in December 2017 to coastal Sonoma County in California. 

My work is concerned with some of the basic aspects of visual expression:  line, shape, form, scale, and color. I have experimented with applying to painting the properties of graphic art, advertising, posters, signs, and block prints.  The first decade of my work could mostly be termed hard edge geometric abstraction, and minimalism.  Lately i have begun to use abstract/representational forms, and to explore narrative. 

I see in my work the influence of the artists who have affected me the most:  Kelly, Warhol, Mondrian, Matisse, Joseph Cornell, and Stuart Davis. 

As an artist I'm always thinking about the idea of the modern.  What is modern today?  What might a modern painting look like now?

Mostly I think about color, and it is always the primary concern:  what does modern color look like?

 


                                                    RESUME


EDUCATION

Stanford University    B.A. English literature

Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine   M. D.

San Francisco Art Institute Adult extension division, 1988-1998.

Sotheby's Institute NYC. American arts program


SOLO  EXHIBITION

"Symbolic Gesture." October 8 to November 7, 2009. Brett Wesley Contemporary, Las Vegas.


JURIED COMPETITIONS

Artfutura, annual juried show benefitting Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, curated by James Rondeau, Curator of modern art at the Art Institute of Chicago. 2011, 2012, 2013. 

Ceres Gallery 11th National Juried Exhibition. Juror: Lauren Hinkson, Asst. Curator for Collections, Guggenheim Museum NYC. Ceres Gallery, NYC. May 29-June 21, 2014


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

"Abstract tapestry." A look at abstract painting in New York today with a survey of eight artists. Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. December, 2013.

Friends of Ceres group show. Ceres Gallery, New York City, August, 2012, and August 2013.

Postcards from the edge. (Benefit for Visual Aids, NYC). Sikkema Jenkins Gallery, NYC. January, 2013.


AFFILIATIONS

Gualala Arts Center:  GualalaArts.org

 

 

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