I find the early iMacs in particular beautifully designed, very paintable, and interesting in that they epitomize the computer graphics revolution of the last generation, a movement that coincided with Helen's and my education as visual artists. In our own training as draftsmen and painters in art school and college, the computer played only a tangential role, though, over time the powerful technology has proved of great assistance in planning and testing compositions.
There is another side to their inclusion in my work, having to do with what I see as the 'rivalry' between the traditional reliance on my own eye and analog tools to make art, and the digital tools, that, while adding convenience, insert their own aesthetic into the process. For my part, I prefer to keep my process mostly free of electronic technology, working out paintings from live models and still life objects observed directly before me in the studio. Of course, as the technology becomes ever more impressive and useful, I anticipate its advantages will eventually overcome my resistance.
|Square Still Life, Blue|
|Square Still Life, Yellow|
|Still Life with iBook, La Primula Bowls and CDs|
|Rebecca and Helen|
|Interior with Woman in Kimono|
|in Progress: Nude on Purple Divan|
|Nude with iMac|
|Interior with Venetian Chandelier and iMac|
|Detail of Interior|