Later Paintings from University at Albany to just before the MFA Thesis at Hunter College
September 1984 to November 1986

 

University at Albany


Blue Step, 9/84, Acrylic on Canvas, 5'x6'
I had started this painting in Albany a week prior to the start of classes.
My professor was upset because I had done a painting without discussing it with him first.
Nevertheless, it became my favorite painting I had done there.
This was going to be the beginning of a difficult year,
especially since the other students did not understand abstract art.
To this day, I am still puzzled as to why they accepted me into the program.


Sketches,
9-10/84, Gouache on Paper
I made many sketches before starting a new painting.


Green & Gray Stripes,
10/84, Gesso & Modeling Paste on
2 Layers of Cardboard, approx. 2'x3'
Beginning a period of experimentation.


Green & Stain,
11/84, Acrylic on Raw Canvas, approx. 2 1/2'x1 1/2'
Experimenting with raw canvas and getting away from stripes.


Ball of Fire Stain,
11/84, Acrylic on Raw Canvas, approx. 1 1/2'x2 1/2'


Sketches,
11-12/84, Gouache / Watercolor on Paper
I made many sketches, not knowing which direction I was heading.


Color Lines, 12/84, Oil on Canvas, approx. 2 1/2'x1 1/2'


Installation View #1: Bird Series, 5/85


Installation View #2: Bird Series, 5/85


Bird #3 ,
3/85, Paint on Burlap over Wood


Bird #4 ,
4/85, Paint on Fabric over Wood


Tilted Square ,
7/85, Acrylic on Canvas, 38"x38"
After I got back home from Albany, I began my striped paintings again.
I felt free again, to paint what I wanted to paint.
I still don't know why I had done the Bird Series, except maybe trying to please the professors.

 

The Art Students League of New York


Chair Caning Series
CCI,
9/85, Acrylic on Canvas, 18"x24"
This series started because I liked the weaving of chair caning, & the positive / negative spaces.
The paintings at the Art Students League were small so that I could transport them on the train.
It was interesting to do abstarct paintings in the morning & figure drawing in the afternoon.


CCIII, 10/85, Plexiglass, Tape, Acrylic, Canvas, 18"x24"


CCIV, 10/85, Plexiglass, Tape, Acrylic, Canvas, 18"x24"


CCV,
10/85, Acrylic on Canvas, 18"x24"


CCVII,
11/85, Acrylic on Canvas over Wood, 4 Panels, 3'x4' (width of each panel: 9", 6", 9", 24")

 

Hunter College


CCIX,
2/86, Acrylic on Canvas, 4 Panels, 4'x3' (height of each panel: 9", 24", 9", 6")


CCX,
3/86, Acrylic on Canvas, 4 Panels, 3'x4' (width of each panel: 9", 24", 9", 6")
If you look back at the sketches of late 1984 in Albany,
you'll see that I had an idea to do a similar painting back then.


CCXI (Post Modernist Fragment),
4/86, Acrylic on Canvas, 4 Panels, 4'x3' (height of each panel: 9", 24", 9", 6")

Installation View of CCXI (Post Modernist Fragment)
"The Expert Eye" Juried Art Show, Spring 1988
Sabbeth Art Gallery, Wunsch Art Center, Glen Cove, NY
The Council for the Arts on the North Shore
Installation View of CCXI (Post Modernist Fragment)
"SOHO International Art Competition #7", July/August 1989
Ariel Art Gallery, SOHO, NYC


Circular Series
Circular #1,
6/86-89, Enamel (Aluminum) on Canvas, 3 Panels, 41"x47"
In this series, I was getting away from using stripes. I was eliminating part of the painting
& using the surrounding area as part of the painting, an idea that I had used at C.W. Post.
I was searching for an idea & the paintings were repainted over several years.
In a critique that I had about this series, one of the students suggested that the structure
in the back of the painting was more interesting than the front.
Although this was shocking at the time, it started the ideas for the Masters thesis paintings.

They seemed to be more about the construction than about the painted surface.


Circular #3,
8/86-87, Acrylic (Graphite) on Canvas, 4 Panels, 47"x47"


Installation View of Circular #3
"Painting and Sculpture: Toward the 90's" Exhibition
, Summer 1987
Midge Karr Art Center, New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, NY
Hempstead Harbor Artists Assn.


Circular #4,
9/86-87, Acrylic (Graphite) on Wood, 2 Panels, 3'x4'


CC/CIRC2,
11/86, Acrylic on Canvas, 2 Panels, 30"x48"
This is the last painting before the MFA Thesis, which took a year to complete.

 

Regents Diploma, Honors in Art
Syosset High School, Syosset, NY
September 1977-June 1980

School of Architecture
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
September 1980-May 1981

Bachelor of Arts, Art Studio
(Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography, Ceramics, Art History)
C.W. Post College of Long Island University, Brookville, NY
Dean’s List, Magna Cum Laude (g.p.a. 3.73)
September 1981-May 1984

Master of Fine Arts Major
(Painting, Photography, Art History)
University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY
September 1984-May 1985

Painting and Figure Drawing
The Art Students League of New York, New York City
September 1985-December 1985

Master of Fine Arts, Painting
(Painting, Art History)
Hunter College of The City University of New York, New York City
January 1986-December 1987

 



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