Painting Gray Embrace Figurative Abstract

I have been drawing and painting figurative subjects almost since I first picked up a pencil.  Some years ago I painted a few canvases that realistically portrayed a man and woman together, touching.  I still like them, but it struck me “why paint people who I and nobody else knows?”

Painting Black and White Couple

First painting of a man and a woman (1984)

Painting Sepia Couple Dance (1991?)

Second “Couple” Painting

I examined my reasonings for why I executed the paintings in the first place (besides the obvious of painting beautiful bodies).  I concluded that I was attracted to the concept of two people embracing and the loving emotions conveyed.  This realization was the beginning of what I call the “Embrace Series”.  The purpose/goal of these paintings are to express the emotion of an embrace without realistically rendering the human body or face.  Conveying the “feelings” without executing “just another painting or photo of beautiful naked people” (a line I overheard at a gallery opening lol).

I have played with the styles somewhat over the years, but I think they still form a cohesive collection.  I classify them as “Figurative Abstractions”.  I am interested in receiving feedback on how you react to this series of paintings.

Painting Gray Embrace Figurative Abstract

Gray Embrace

Red Embrace Acrylic on Plexiglass Figurative Abstract

Red Embrace

Blue Embrace Acrylic on Plexiglass Figurative Abstract

Blue Embrace

Cheating Couple Layered Acrylic Painting Figurative Abstract

“Cheating Couples” Layered Painting

Acrylic on canvas spooning couple figurative abstract

“Spooning”

Deconstructed Embrace Acrylic on Canvas Figurative Abstract

Deconstructed Embrace

Support Figurative Abstract Embrace Acrylic on Canvas

“Support”

Ballet Figurative Abstract Acrylic on Canvas

“Ballet” (not really an “embrace” but same style)

Loving Family Embrace Acrylic on Canvas Figurative Abstract

“A Loving Family”

Eros and Psyche Acrylic on Canvas Figurative Abstract

“Eros and Psyche”

Family Love Pointillist Painting

“Family Love – Generations””

Family Love Pointillist Embrace Painting Acrylic on Canvas

“Greater Family Love – More Generations”

Figurative Pointillist Acrylic Painting

“Sorrow and Comfort”

Mother's Comfort Abstract Acrylic Painting

“A Mother’s Comfort”

 

 

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