2013-18 Mystical Realism

This series of large-scale realist paintings depicts the organic greens and natural environments that enhance my life from a local community sponsored agricultural farm to an amazing number of wonderful farm stands throughout the Philadelphia region.

Before they are consumed, I take a photograph of my freshly picked subjects. I,place them on a white ground to dramatize their natural abstract forms and designs in an effort to create a floating or more mystical composition than that of a traditional still life’s perspective. I then bring the image into Photoshop to colorize, move parts around and sometimes combine it with other images. After that I vectorize the jpegs in Illustrator to eliminate their pixels so they can be enlarged as solid vector units of color. With a mix of orange, ochre and raw sienna, I underpaint the entire painting. All the basic proportions, scaling and drawing are done at this stage before the colors are applied because of their large scale. 

The subjects become portraits, rather than still lifes, and are made more dramatic by their super size and shadows. The canvases are all scaled up by eye with no projection. This allows my work to be more painterly than their computer sketched models. I also sometimes use multiple views within one canvas to add some magic and bird’s-eye perspectives.

My work is an evolution of ideas, using paint in an on-going visual dialogue, paying homage to our natural world.

Sosson, July 2018