Just visited a favorite painters myspace page. Alan Ebnother...a radical concrete painter of roughly the same so called "school" of painting as people as Joe Marioni and DeCrignis. Alan has spent the last 22 years of his painting life making green paintings. He has probably painted in every shade and tint of green. And is now working in red. A significant change in his work and it's looking really good for him. I can't wait to see a huge red painting of his.
I met Alan through Joe, back in July of 2004 when I first visited NYC. Alan was in town after the two of them had went to Art:Basel. Alan is a very tall guy with shaved head and can be a bit on the intimidating side when you first meet him. But after sitting at breakfast with the two of them in Hells Kitchen...an actual restaurant in NYC. I got to meet the funny and incredibly intelligent person behind the facade. It did make me re-organize my thoughts on people and my first impressions, and I think even helped make my trip to NYC even better. I know this has nothing to do with art, but who cares...it's my fucking blog and i'll cry if I want to.
Alan's paintings are not just about colour, but also about surface. Which he builds up a surface of thick oil paint. Done in the same colour as the rest of the painting. Kinda like my own paintings. Only I use wood filler and do not use it in the same context of my paintings. When I first saw one of his paintings, I couldn't tell what the hell it was made from. All I could see was the info on the painting and it's title. Oil on Linen. But that was back in 1999 when my knowledge of painting was still in it's infancy compared to my knowledge of today. But i'm sure that is still incredibly small compared to me in 20 years. 20 years is a long time.....
I leave you with some images of Alan's paintings. I urge you to check out the sites below as you will learn a lot more about Alan, and about painting.
Here's a wonderful interview by Chris Ashley of Alan, and is a great insight into the man and his work.
This is a great gallery that supports a slew of fantastic artists, also including Joseph Marioni.
You can reach Alan through his myspace page...where you can also find a ton of great photos of his work.