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Bill Mead
Circles, Stripes & Kettles
Sept. 29 - Nov. 18, 2012

Artists Reception: Sept. 29, 5:00-7:00pm

I appreciate simple concepts in art and employ them often, since I know the painting process itself is never so simple. This approach to painting is a sort of personal dare to see how uncomplicated my paintings can appear without becoming ordinary. The casein paintings are loosely based on collages I made a few years ago, using images of flags of the world downloaded from the Central Intelligence Agency's website. These images were combined using only color and form as a guide. My intention was to create something flag-like but devoid of any national identity. The emblems and symbols found in flags were limited to circles and stripes in the paintings.

I choose casein for its rich color. It dries quickly and can be sanded, scraped, burnished and manipulated in a variety of ways, all of which I tend to do.

Kettles and other vessels are a subject I've revisited many times. In these I explore the tension between gravity and levity. The form is kept plain, the pallet is rudimentary and the line is drawn as crisply as possible, providing the levity. The density of the dark, densely layered oil paint supplies the gravity.

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Crescent


Flag #1   15" x 23"   Casein on wood   2010


Stripe #1   23" x 23"   Casein on wood   2011


Vessel on Umber #1   24" x 28"   Oil, wax, pigment stick on canvas   2010


Flag #2   14" x 22"   Casein on wood   2010


Stripe #2   23" x 23"   Casein on wood   2011


Vessel on Umber #2   24" x 28"   Oil, wax, pigment stick on canvas   2010


Flag #3   16" x 22"   Casein on wood   2011


Stripe #3   23" x 23"   Casein on wood   2011


Good China Revisited (on red)   10" x 8"   Oil on panel   2010


Flag #4   21" x 30"   Casein on wood   2011


Stripe #4   23" x 23"   Casein on wood   2011


Good China Revisited (on green)   10" x 8"   Oil on panel   2010


Stripe #5   23" x 23"   Casein on wood   2011


On Blue   11" x 14"   Oil on panel   2009


Stripe #6   23" x 23"   Casein on wood   2011


Kettle on Blue   12" x 12"   Oil on panel   2009


Stripe #8   23" x 23"   Casein on wood   2011


Kettle on Ochre   14" x 11"   Oil on panel   2009


Stripe #9   23" x 23"   Casein on wood   2011