Iconoclast, Stage 12 or 13

ballou iconoclast stage 12 detail

Well, I’m still moving forward on the Iconoclast painting. It’s now rounding the final corner and I’m feeling the tensions and densities that I was aiming for coming out. Above is a detail showing the working, building, statement and restatement across the structures of the head and upper body. Below is a full shot of the piece. I’ll add some statement regarding the reasons for the piece and what I’m aiming at with it once it has announced its completion… probably a couple weeks.

ballou iconoclast 12

Classic Studio Shot #1

me, in the studio 2004

Me in my studio during grad school – Indiana University – sometime early in 2004. Upper right corner – my Lionel Richie “Patron Saint of Painting” icon, collaboration between Maximillian Hernandez and my collage. It’s hanging in my current studio, too.

“VOLUME, NOT FEATURES” …words to live by.

Diebenkorn in 2010

Diebenkorn Ocean Park #31

A traveling survey exhibition of Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park Series is slated to begin in 2010. Read more about it HERE, and see Tyler Green’s posting about the show HERE. Personally, I can’t wait.

Related: Some Thoughts on Loving Diebenkorn’s Work.

“My freedom will be so much the greater and more meaningful, the more narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself with obstacles.” – Richard Diebenkorn

UPDATE: I know this post gets quite a few hits and that means that people are seeking information about the Diebenkorn show. As far as I know that show has been pushed back indefinitely. You can see more info about the postponement here.

Iconoclast – In Progress

here’s “iconoclast” in progress… it’s looking a bit rough at this point. stages two (way down there) and three (right below) are here in any case. i’ll have to post some of the studies and sources i’ve used for this pose/idea sometime soon…



ok, ok… so it’s a bit melodramatic. still in the first working hours here, people. give me a break.

tethered, stage 5

tethered (tentative title, in progress)

another session of working last night. things starting to synch up nicely. the color in these images i’m uploading is not a very good representation of what’s actually happening on the canvas. i’ll link to a higher quality image once i’m done. probably a few more weeks.