In 1998 I was teaching art at an elementary school in Owens Valley when I did two paintings on cardboard I had rescued from the trash bin. I’ve always been a big fan of Robert Motherwell, Kurt Schwitters, Bob Rauschenberg, Marcel Duchamp and the whole Pop Art movement (Marisol, Tom Wesselman, Roy Lichtenstein).
One of the class units was the study of scale, like billboards, posters and other large adverts.
I painted a large triptych mural in class while the students did sketches for two murals that they were going to paint in 5th grade wing of the school. The murals have since been painted over, much like the public art created by the “graffiti man“. Enjoy.
“The Large Glass” by Marcel Duchamp was a heavy influence here . . .
The paintings in the last two images approximately 30 inches wide by 48 inches high – the “graffiti” images are close-ups from the two paintings. The were paintings are on cardboard, commercial acrylic house paint, tempura and pencil are the media, and masking tape was used to paint the “straight” lines.