Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Anacapa paintings

Anacapa is the smallest of the Santa Barbara Channel islands in southern California, but the closest to the mainland. The Chumash Indian name of the island signifies mirage, a reference to the varying appearance—and disappearance—of the island depending on the offshore atmospheric conditions.
Drawing on my earlier work, I employed modified grids and horizon style formats—sometimes asymmetrical or askew—as basic structures underlying the passages of stained and scumbled paint.

The Anacapa Lines: January 1969 (1982)
This large, rather dark painting—which inspired the rest of the series—refers to the notorious oil spill that took place in the Santa Barbara channel in January 1969. The superimposed geometrical forms are related to the oil rigs that line the channel.
The use of passages of paint bleeding into one another simulates the oil and water mix.
Anacapa Baroque 1982/3
In these paintings, created in 1982 and 1983, I attempted to relate the constant but mercurial presence of Anacapa, actually a string of rocky islands, to the changing moods and aspects of the Channel in a variety of formats, some more serious than others, even with whimsical titles!
Anacapa Blues  1982/3
Anacapa Kreme  1982/3 
Anacapa Moon  1982/3
Anacapa Postcard  1982/3
Anacapa Storm  1982/3

Anacapa Split  1982/3

Anacapa Triptych   1982/3

images ©Richard D. Perry All rights reserved

These paintings are for sale. Dimensions and prices given on request

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