Beauty is power, period

-Dave Hickey

My paintings and drawings are the results of an earnest desire to create beauty and meaning. Through the blending of realism with idealism, the unifying of the personal with the universal, and the infusion of the everyday with the fantastic, my work depicts worlds that are based in reality, but exist as reverie.

As representational and figurative images, these works are dramatic, dreamy, immersive, and contemplative. I find beauty and meaning through long periods of observing the world around me and synthesizing it through the act of painting. I take recognizable elements from reality and use them to create new worlds that are enigmatic and meditative. In these works, I have explored the relationship between surface and space through the use of mirrors. By using mirrors as still-life objects I have been able to introduce a second world (the space depicted in the mirror) within the world of the painting. The mirror acts as a metaphor for the painting itself--a flat surface that reflects and distorts the world we live in.

Reflection, as an idea, manifests itself in my work in multiple ways. It is expressed through physical objects like mirrors and paintings within the paintings; it also takes the form of introspection through self-portraiture. My work is propelled by the search for meaning within oneself. As a result, it explores many facets of self-portraiture: literal, metaphorical, allegorical, and spatial. As I investigate my own experiences of the world, I translate my findings into a universal visual language so that they are legible to others. My collective body of work is about this effort to create harmony and arrive at meaning through visual language.

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  • Pursuit of Knowledge. oil on canvas. 36”x52” 2015.

    This painting explores the interplay between our quest for knowledge and fascination with mystery. In the image a figure is placed in front of a table of four objects-- a compass, a gyroscope, a prism, and a marble of the earth. The figure gestures to reach out for these objects which represent advancements in human knowledge and discovery, while holding a sculpture of the Venus of Willendorf—an ancient spiritual symbol.

  • Venus. oil on canvas. 9” x 12”. 2015.

    This is a painting representing both the planet Venus as it appears in the sky at its greatest elongation (the night when it appears highest in the sky, seen on June 6, 2015), and a sculpture of the Roman goddess Venus. In this painting I draw attention to the history of anthropomorphizing celestial objects--that is to say, seeing versions of ourselves in the stars in order to understand and create meaning from them.

  • The Void. Oil Paint on Canvas. 2016

  • Infinite Beginnings. oil paint on linen. 8” x 8”. 2015.

    This piece is an earnest response to my feeling of being completely overwhelmed and awestruck when I think about the history of the universe and our place in it.

  • The Wall of Forever. oil paint on canvas. 24" X 18.5". 2015.

    The Wall of Forever refers to the very limits of human knowledge. In terms of the universe, we are limited to how far back we can see in time—which is a function of light and energy traveling through space. In this painting I have represented this concept in the form of a still life.

  • A Kinship. Oil Paint on Linen. 32" x 36" 2015. Photo Credit: Clear Bright Matter

  • Lotus Eater Victim.

    40.5” x 30.5” x 1”. Oil on Canvas. 2014.

  • The Good Shepherd. Oil Paint on Linen. 34" x 24". 2015. Photo Credit: Clear Bright Matter

  • Self Portrait with Flowers

    Oil Paint on Canvas. 16.5" x 24". 2015. Photo Credit: Clear Bright Matter

  • Promised Paradise. Oil Paint on Linen. 2015

  • Promised Paradise, Detail. Oil Paint on Linen. 2015

  • Promised Paradise, Detail. Oil Paint on Linen. 2015

  • Veil of Paradise.

    Oil Paint on Canvas. 2014. 52" x 60"

  • Homage to Beginnings

    Oil Paint on Canvas. 2014. 50" x 60"

  • Self Portrait with Clementines

    Oil Paint on Linen. 26" x 20" 2014. Photo Credit: Clear Bright Matter

  • Lotus Eater Offering

    Oil Paint on Linen, Hand Built Ceramic Sculpture. 2014. 33" x 20" x 8". Photo Credit: Clear Bright Matter

  • In Reverie

    75" x 65". 2013. Oil paint on canvas. Photo Credit: E. G. Schempf

  • Primal Nudes

    Oil Painting. 2012. 46" x 36". Photo Credit: E. G. Schempf

  • Self Portrait with Fruit Tree

    Oil Paint on Linen. Photo Credit: Clear Bright Matter

  • Self Portrait

    Oil Paint on Linen. 2013. Photo Credit: Clear Bright Matter

  • Cheeky Self Portrait

    24.25" x 24.25". 2014. Oil Paint on Canvas. Photo Credit: Clear Bright Matter

  • Lotus Eater

    Oil Paint on Linen. 2013. 24.5" x 19". Photo Credit: Clear Bright Matter

  • Clementines

    2013. Oil paint on linen. 24" x 34" Photo Credit: E. G. Schempf

  • Posturing. 2013. Oil paint on linen. Photo Credit: E. G. Schempf

  • Self Portrait

    Oil Paint on Linen. 2013. Photo Credit: E.G. Schempf

  • Pig Head

    Oil Paint on Linen. 2014. 12" x 14". Photo Credit: E.G. Schempf

  • No Real Ending

    Oil on Linen. 2013. 30" x 24". Photo Credit: E.G. Schempf

  • Athan and Molly: Separation

    Oil Paint on Canvas. 2012. 48" x 40" Photo Credit: E. G. Schempf

  • Nude Study

    Oil on Canvas. 2013

  • Nude Study

    Oil on Linen. 2013

  • Nude Study

    Oil on Canvas. 2013

  • Molly and Athan: Apart, Still Together

    Molly and Athan: Apart, Still Together. 2012. Oil Painting on Canvas. 38” x 46”. Photo Credit: E. G. Schempf

  • Reminiscing

    2013. Oil paint on linen. 34" x 24"

  • At the Table

    Oil Paint on Paper. 2012. 50" x 72". Photo by Robert Chase Heishman

  • Cabinet Reflection

    Oil Paint on Paper. 2013

  • Two Ways

    2013. Oil paint on linen.

  • Mirrors

  • Reflection

    Oil Paint on Linen. 2012. about 10" x 14". Photo Credit: E. G. Schempf

  • Nudes Emerging from Pumpkins

    2012. Oil Painting on Canvas. 54” x 72". Photo Credit: E. G. Schempf

  • Self Portrait (small painting #2)

    2012. Oil Paint on Canvas. 15” x 12”

  • Eva

    2012. Oil Painting on Canvas. 28” x 34”. Sold

  • Portrait of Cody

    2010. Oil Painting on Canvas. 32” x 22”.

  • Untitled Self-Portrait #2

    2010. Oil Painting on Canvas. 40” x 25”. Sold

  • Untitled Self-Portrait #1

    2010. Oil Painting on Canvas. 40” x 24”. Sold

  • Sleeping Nude #2

    2010. Oil Painting on Canvas. 50” x 35”. Sold