My paintings focus on income and wealth inequality, debt, and on acts of financial malfeasance by ethically challenged bankers and corporate executives. While on the surface, they reference hard-edge geometric abstraction, abstract expressionism, minimalism, in fact they are based on found graphics and data from online and print media, and are vivid pictures of the financial stresses of our times. Rather than being about transcendence, formal relationships, or self-expression, my paintings are about data, and are representations of what has or is happening in the economic lives of millions of people.
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?