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This painting is by my friend, Dan. Personally, I think he is the most talented painter I've met in Chicago. I probably prefer his classical style. He is especially good at representing fabric and hair. He is also a talented folk musician (guitar and fiddle) with amazing vocals. Periodically he stops painting to do music.

This is the first painting of a man that I hung in my house. I like the composition having a lot of space above the figure.

I'll tell you a funny story. When I look at the figure, I imagine that the man is a philosopher, and that the blindfold has something to do with knowledge he doesn't have yet or something deep like that. Once, I had a contractor over. He's a regular, and has a huge personality and a huge loudmouth opinion on everything. I brought him inside to show him something that needed work, and he asked me about the painting (his son paints). I told him what I saw there, and he responded, "You know what I see? I see an old guy on his birthday, just before he gets a surprise lap dance."

So there's always that interpretation.

Here's a shot of Dan by his painting, the day I picked it up. He makes those shirts himself, using a sewing machine he keeps in his art studio (because, as he says, "it's so hard to find reasonably priced pirate shirts").

Artist's website:

Date: 2015-07-05 05:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks for sharing your friend's work! And you're lucky to own this. Do you only hang original work in your place? I try to collect friends' artwork, too!

This is a great example of taking a cliched symbol and making it worthwhile because of the expert rendering. Nice! Why do you think he cropped it so strangely?

Date: 2015-07-07 08:14 pm (UTC)
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I do only hang originals (now), but not because I'm an art snob...I just have to have some hard and fast criteria to stop me from spending all my money all the time. Originals only is more expensive, but then I'll only buy what I really like. I guess walls are kind of expensive too, and I'm almost out of those.

Date: 2015-07-05 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I really like that painting.

Date: 2015-07-07 08:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Me too. I let it sit for two years before asking if it was still available. Since I still liked it....why not.

Date: 2015-07-05 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Hilarious. I like your interpretation, but I think the contractor's adds another layer that also benefits the work.

Date: 2015-07-07 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, there is absolutely nothing stopping that from really being the case.


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