Series 3. Stratagies for Smoking.

There is a wide variety of subject matter in this series which is indicative of my many divergent interests at the time. It wasn't until the end of this period that I managed to focus on subject matter compelling enough to explore at length in the form of a series of portraits of my friend Tom Valacenti.

 

At this time I was also beginning to delve into the religious imagery I had always been drawn to but lacked the proficiency to explore properly. Faced with the imposing task of bringing the two divergent themes, (Tom and God), into one work, I decided to focus on the contrast itself and break up the picture plain into two seperate areas. As a result, the paintings became multi-layered compositions in which sacred and secular coexist and interact.

Zoloft 1 (after Durer)
Zoloft 1 (after Durer)

Oil on panel. 11" x 8"

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Zoloft 2 (after Durer)
Zoloft 2 (after Durer)

Oil on panel. 16" x 15"

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Three Blind Men 2
Three Blind Men 2

Oil on panel. 25" x 17"

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Untitled
Untitled

Oil on canvas. 8" x 10"

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Untitled
Untitled

Oil on canvas. 6" x 8"

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Tom Turkey
Tom Turkey

Oil on panel. 161/2" x 201/2"

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Tom with Apple
Tom with Apple

Oil on panel. 20" x 15"

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Untitled
Untitled

Oil on panel. 12" x 12"

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Untitled
Untitled

Oil on panel. 12" x 9"

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Tom as Good Shepherd
Tom as Good Shepherd

Oil on panel. 24" x 15"

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Madonna and Child (with problem)
Madonna and Child (with problem)

Oil on panel. 20" x 14"

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Untitled
Untitled

Oil on canvas. 10" x 8"

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Saint Francis
Saint Francis

Oil on panel. 271/2" x 151/2"

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