Title

Father and Child IIII

Description/Abstract

Artist Statement

This series was inspired by the moment I first learned I was soon to become a new father. Overwhelmed with expectant joy, I wanted to paint portraits that depict optimistic images of what fatherhood looks like today. In contrast to the negative images of absent or aloof fathers that we are familiar with, I easily discovered a diverse selection of caring and involved father figures. Each painting of this four-piece series focuses on the individual relationship between father and child by removing the background environment and using color as an element to emphasize the figures. All of the subjects are relaxed and natural, dressed in their everyday attire to capture an honest depiction of their lifestyles and to properly identify the time period. It was meaningful to me to portray fathers of this generation whom I can identify with as positive representations of paternal influences. As I continue this series, I expect to include different elements and to evolve in my handling of the subject matter as my own knowledge and experience of being a father grows.

Presenting Author Name/s

Eric Smith

Faculty Advisor

Elliott Jones

Presentation Type

Artwork

Disciplines

Fine Arts

Session Title

Art Exhibit

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Art Gallery

Start Date

2-8-2020 8:00 AM

End Date

2-8-2020 12:30 PM

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Feb 8th, 8:00 AM Feb 8th, 12:30 PM

Father and Child IIII

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Art Gallery

Artist Statement

This series was inspired by the moment I first learned I was soon to become a new father. Overwhelmed with expectant joy, I wanted to paint portraits that depict optimistic images of what fatherhood looks like today. In contrast to the negative images of absent or aloof fathers that we are familiar with, I easily discovered a diverse selection of caring and involved father figures. Each painting of this four-piece series focuses on the individual relationship between father and child by removing the background environment and using color as an element to emphasize the figures. All of the subjects are relaxed and natural, dressed in their everyday attire to capture an honest depiction of their lifestyles and to properly identify the time period. It was meaningful to me to portray fathers of this generation whom I can identify with as positive representations of paternal influences. As I continue this series, I expect to include different elements and to evolve in my handling of the subject matter as my own knowledge and experience of being a father grows.