Ah Jiffy Lube.. I had to lop out all of the palm trees to minimize any potential for fantasy life intruding into the painting. Also since I like to paint inside and outside in the same painting it’s nice of the company to build this for me..
I like this very much but I haven’t yet seen a work of yours which I didn’t like. Is there a book of your paintings available to buy?
The UK has adopted much of contemporary America. With us its largely an ‘exotic’ thing, a desire to be American (don’t take this the wrong way but I tend to deliberately avoid these ‘plastic’ suburban places). We still don’t really have ‘drive thrus’ and I’ve never heard of Jiffy Lube. When I look at these paintings though it is ok, because this IS the USA and this is what we want/expect of America. The photographs of Walker Evans influenced me as a student and I still like them. There is a detachedness and a fondness in them and it is here too. You do it so well. These hold my attention because they are painted; every part is a deliberate act.
You will be surrounded by these places, grown up with them, yet you paint them with a detatched criticism and irony. Despite this however, you cannot disguise a definite fondness for them too.
Thank you Martin. And you’re right. If I feel all one way about something I don’t stay interested long enough to make a painting. I’m a believer in Auden’s “Poetry is the precise expression of mixed feelings” I’m ashamed of these places, but I’m into them as well. Do you ever get to LA?
Lopped out palm trees don’t stop me from having a fantasy life about this painting. The shadow shape on the road, playing with the composition of the clouds, the interplay of the architecture in the background, the manhole cover/umbrellas conversation all keep me wondering.
Wonderfully precise , neat & clean. Fully functioning at the high noon of it’s existence. Future Urban Blight, in it’s prime.