Local Minneapolis newspaper reported some staggering numbers of people affected by poverty during the last gubernatorial election.I've saved all these articles and kept them in my art studio since then. I've been thinking about painting an image of poverty. Vincent Van Gogh came to my mind with his painting "Potato eaters". I used original newspaper as the subject and set some red potatoes on it with two ceramic dishes. The title "Opinion" and subtitle "Minnesota poverty has become a campaign .." is on the original page and text has been replaced with the reproduction of Van Gogh's famous painting "Potato eaters" that I painted in inverted position. I am confident that Vincent would not mind since he lived in poverty too. Word "Letters" under the picture suggests hundreds of letters Van Gogh wrote during his short life as another artistic form. It was my intention to paint the poverty in genre of still life since it seams that it never changes and has a permanent existence in our society.
"Adriatic" - Oil on canvas, 24"x36"
"Story of Us" - Oil on board, 18"x24"
"Connections" - Oil on board, 24"x30"
"Golden Mean" - Oil on canvas, 16'x20"
"Treasure & Time" - Oil on canvas, 24"x36"
"Maria" - Oil on canvas, 36"x48"
"Ducks Incorporated" - Oil on canvas, 24"x30"
"Vincent" - Oil on board, 24"x30"
"Living on the Edge"