"Color Colonization" is one in a series of works in which I'm using an air blower and air compressor to move and blend paint on the canvas instead of a brush. There are plenty of drips and splatters thrown in as well, but the primary technique of using an air blower (not to be confused with an air brush or spray gun) gives me a level of control, or influence, of the paint but comes with a lot of unpredictability which I like. The colors move and blend together in lively and fascinating ways. I like to get up close with a painting and see an incredible amount of detail. Watch the accompanying video to see the intricate and ever-changing detail in "Color Colonization" as your eye moves across the canvas.
"Color Colonization" came to me in the middle of the night in late 2015. I got up to sketch the painting in my art journal along with the detailed steps and layers of colors that I would later use to create it.
"Color Colonization", 2016. Acrylic on canvas. 40" x 60" x 1.5".
Photo montage of the contemporary art painting On Target by artist Terry Smith.
On Target measures 36" x 40" x 1.5". It’s acrylic on canvas hand-stretched by the artist and gallery-wrapped onto thick stretcher bars. The edges are painted, so it doesn’t require framing. This painting is part of the artist's music notes series.
Modern art lovers will instantly recognize the two Jasper Johns motifs, the American flag and the target, which he included separately in many works. I first sketched this painting in my art journal on February 28, 2015. For the previous two or three years I had been occasionally sketching and painting targets for use in my illustration work. It was while studying books on Jasper Johns that I thought about combining the two as an editorial piece on America being the target of terrorism. As I was painting I decided to subtlety add in the cross to tie in the Christian element in relation to the war on Christianity and also open up the painting to other non-terrorism interpretations.