3/25/2014

Strange Beauty: Douglas Ferrin

Still Life with Gun oil on linen 14"x18" 2004

This gun and the battered ashtray, that goopy-looking oil painting medium and globs of paint, all resting on a paint-splattered table- who would have thought it all could make such a beautiful painting? The color is rich and true, the dynamic composition full of movement and the cropping is almost jarring. It takes a special kind of bravery to find beauty in a place most of us wouldn't think to look.

The characters in this little private scene have a secretive air, but the close night lamp brings them to our attention- almost as though a searchlight is beaming on suspects in a night alley. 

You can find out more about Douglas Ferrin by reading his interview, and by visiting his website.

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