Monday, December 11, 2006

Jeff Forsythe

While in Chicago I visited Jeff Forsythe's studio. Jeff was preparing for his exhibition at the Perimeter Gallery which is now up. Many of his paintings borrow compositions from famous Japanese paintings and twist them into his new ideas. I had a preview of the perimeter show where Jeff was showing many small paintings. One image that sticks in my mind was of the The Great Wave at Kanagawa by Hokusai Katsushika painted on the side of a seventies style van.
Forsythe is also making sculptures of cakes in various states, cakes standing, cakes that have fallen and are melting, etc. The cake sculptures are painted with oil and carefully executed gold leaf stripes. The cakes also appear in Jeff's paintings.
We looked at many of Forsythe's paintings and perhaps his most successful to date is "In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree" painting. The undefined space in this composition created an atmosphere, projecting a mystery to the work and drawing the eye into the painting.

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