Abstract Studies I + II
acrylic on paper
Salas writes, “The small abstractions are figurative studies. I was trying to find non-representational ways of describing the human figure unconsciously, viscerally.”
The above studies are for these two paintings, Untitled Portrait (Funeral) and Untitled Double Potrait (Trans-Am). The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection will be acquiring two limited edition prints of these two paintings.
My current artistic project begins by describing the landscape and its moods that I have observed in Wisconsin. They include natural occurrences as well as man-made events and architecture which complement and conflict. Our creations and habits rub up against what is native or wild. Those interactions describe our new selves.
The use of non-representational and still life elements in my artwork creates a dichotomy between figure and ground, between the perceived and the felt. Like the nature of the landscapes I observe, the artwork aspires toward a certain nobility, but often illuminates a poignant contrast to that aspiration.
Country music is the appropriate soundtrack.
All images copyright of the artist and used with permission.