New Art for the New Year

They say that whatever you do on New Years Day is what you will be doing for the rest of the year. With that in mind, there is no better time than today, January 1, to upload some new art onto my blog!

These are three new pieces I am featuring in my ongoing Chicago Art show at Natural Elements Salon. The top piece is another portrait of someone who contributed significantly to Chicago culture and art, Louis Armstrong. It was Armstrong’s Chicago recordings that helped transform New Orleans blues into Big Band Jazz.

Louis Armstrong 1

The second piece depicts the coyote, which has recently begun to make downtown Chicago its new home! Not surprisingly, the coyote has everything it needs to thrive in our “urban jungles”. (One could also infer “dog eat dog” symbolism in this imagery. Aspects of Chicago business culture are, shall we say, ravenous.)

Chicago Coyote

The final piece is a new version of The Chicagoan, which in all its forms has represented the depression and alienation I felt when I was a daily commuter. In this latest permutation, I contrast the figure’s pose and demeanor with those of the children running behind him. For The Chicagoan, a rainy day is a time to hunch over, hide under an umbrella, and try to avoid looking at the world. For the kids, it is an opportunity to run in the rain and splash in puddles.

The Chicagoan 3

Will these children end up like The Chicagoan someday, dead inside but going through the motions of a career? Does he represent their gloomy future, and they his joyous past, or will these children somehow manage to avoid his fate?

2 thoughts on “New Art for the New Year

  1. Happy new year Dean! Well if this is how you mean to go on in 2016 then it’s going to be a great year. I love the cut-outs against the old maps, they work brilliantly, and the stories behind each piece give them real depth, bravo :-)

    • Happy New Year to you too, Phil! I really appreciate your comments about my latest pieces. Yes, this is definitely how I intend to go into the new year! :-)

      I have a lot more Chicago Art in me, and I’m starting to think about other cities to bring into the concept. More on that soon!

      I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with in 2016 over at Hedgecrows!

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