Thursday, September 10, 2015

Civil War Series

General 1
Oil, pencil and charcoal on paper, 39.75" x 30.25", 1999.
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Ken Burns' great documentary series, "The Civil War", is being re-broadcast this week. It reminded me of a group of Civil War related paintings and drawings I did in 1999-2000. They've never been exhibited anywhere, but I decided to share some of them here over the next few days.

A childhood friend had a several volume edition of Matthew Brady's iconic Civil War photos. I would go over to his house and study those books for hours. They captivated me, and led to a life-long fascination with the subject. For this series I used photos as the starting point, not to copy but to try to express through those faces what it must have been like to live during that tragic and terrible time in our nation's history.

Detail of "General 1".

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