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My work is about income and wealth inequality. They are based on found graphics and data from online and print media, and are vivid pictures of the financial stresses of our times—of increasing income and wealth inequality, of rising debt, of corporate malfeasance. In bold colors, the paintings are attractive, even cheerful, but they reflect an unsettling reality.
My paintings look abstract. They reference hard-edge geometric abstraction, abstract expressionism, minimalism. In fact, however, the paintings are data-driven and period-specific rather than transcendent. Beyond self-expressive, they depict what’s happening in millions of people’s lives. They embrace Pop Art tactics of found imagery and bright colors, but the source material is unpopular rather than popular media, and they portray the economic and financial conditions roiling our times.

In the gouache paintings, figures based on Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights are juxtaposed against graphs of flat wages, declining savings, rising health care costs. While the figures in the central panel of Bosch’s painting indulge in pleasurable activities, Bosch warned of an inevitable hell to come. The analogy for our times, as we revel in tech toys and gourmet food, is facing an underfunded old age to come. In an era when most people are living with stagnant incomes and paltry retirement savings, the gouache series title asks, Are We Having Fun Yet?

Party Like It's 1999...Not!
Oil on canvas
36 x 36 inches
2017
$5 Million is Not Enough!
Oil on canvas
36 x 36 inches
2017
To GAAP or not to GAAP that is the Question
Oil on canvas
36 x 36 inches
2017
To GAAP or not to GAAP: The 29 Left Standing
Oil on canvas
36 x 36 inches
2017
Paul Ryan to the Rescue...of the Top 0.2%
Oil on canvas
36 x 36 inches
2017
painting, stock market, efficient market
Oil on canvas
36 x 36 inches
2016
painting, found graphics, hard edge geometric abstraction, piketty, income inequality
Oil on canvas
36 x 36 inches
painting, found graphics, hard-edge geometric abstraction, income inequality, wealth inequality
Oil on canvas
36 x 36 inches
painting, found graphics, hard-edge geometric abstraction, income inequality, wealth inequality
Oil on canvas
36 x 36 inches
painting, found graphics, hard-edge geometric abstraction, income inequality, wealth inequality
Oil on canvas
36 x 36 inches
painting, found graphics, graph, income inequality
Oil on canvas
36 x 36 inches
painting, found graphics, cdo, bond rating agencies, financial crisis, collateralized debt obligations, financial markets
OIl on canvas
36 x 36 inches
gouache, graph, income inequality, Hieronymous Bosch
Gouache on paper
6 x 6 inches
gouache, graph, income inequality, Hieronymous Bosch
Gouache on paper
6 x 6 inches
Are We Having Fun Yet? #003
Gouache on paper
6 x 6 inches
2016
painting, gouache, median income, bosch
Gouache on paper
6 x 6 inches
2016