Notes
acrylic paint & medium on panels, 28.5" x 26" 2013
 

I’m fascinated with the boundaries between photograph and painting; the kinds of stories that are dimily recalled in photographs. I render these on panels in many layers of paint and between thin layers of clear acrylic medium.

 

I paint as a way to find my bearings and get a bead on the present moment.  I navigate by submerging my work in forgotten stories - like a doomed evangelical mission to the Amazon in 1957, an Arctic balloon expedition in 1897 or a tabloid journalist on the shores of Loch Ness in 1934.  Painting images of such individuals and the popular visual stuff in their time illuminates my assumptions about the here and now. 

 

It’s not nostalgia that animates my efforts—but casting the shadows of an distant event onto this present moment with paint.

 

The Year of the Monster. A short vid of recent paintings from images from 1933 - that reflects the year that the Loch Ness Monster caught fire in the press. The work embraces flimflam, tabloid sensationalism and something of the substance of a legend lurking just under the surface. (Somerville, 2016)

 


Process And What I Paint (1:08 sec) (Somerville, MA  2015)

 

 

Bodies in a River (6:16 sec.) (Somerville, MA2014)

 

James M. Young Mural Comission Arena Theater, Wheaton College, IL. (3:30 sec.) (Wheaton, IL 2015)

Jimma from Bradford Johnson on Vimeo.