down they forgot
as up they grew
This body of work offers a glimpse into the vibrant world of my son's imagination, riffing on his inventive Lego constructions and childhood sketches.
Some might wonder if the use of Legos is a nod to Pop Art, but my intention isn't to discuss the boundaries between art and mass culture. Instead, I'm seeking to cross a bridge between fine art and the raw creativity that kids possess.
Picasso (whose childhood work demonstrated an early mastery of academic techniques) once said, “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” It’s safe to say that he was onto something.
This series is a bit of a stylistic and conceptual departure from my usual artwork, which more typically transcribes internal experiences and impressions, often veering into surrealistic and scientific directions. Here, I’m amplifying another's pure, unfiltered expressions.
Through this collection, I hope to not only spotlight one child’s singular vision but also evoke a longing in viewers to revisit their own days of uninhibited imagination, when every crayon mark was an adventure, every drawing a world.
Acrylic and graphite on wooden panel
8 x 10 inches