This new painting has the longest title I’ve ever given a painting: Bush Party (No matter what else happens, that table is getting burnt at the end of the night).
It’s a commission for a couple in British Columbia. I love the way the colours are brawling on the canvas for dominance. It was difficult to paint and nearly impossible to document, but here’s a photo that sort of captures its energy.
Bush Party (No matter what else happens, that table is getting burnt at the end of the night), Rob Elliott, 2017. Acrylic on canvas, 36″x36″
The Pyramid, Rob Elliott, 2016. 36″x48″, acrylic on canvas. $1150
The Pyramid, my latest painting, is currently on view at Toronto’s Flying Pony.
At 36″x48″, it is the largest painting I have done in years, and personally one of the most satisfying. The artwork is the second large piece I have done in the 1970s illustration style I usually reserve for my small gouache drawings. The first was 2015’s Frustuck in Berlin, a depiction of family life in East Germany. I find this blocky style rewarding for making these ironic artworks, as a similar drawing style was used in patriotic marketing during the 1970s.
Frustuck in Berlin, Rob Elliott, 2015. 36″x36″, acrylic on canvas. $850
The Pyramid was exciting to work on. As I applied the black paint over the colour blocks, the figures sprung to life and the previously abstract shapes took on their full symbolic meaning.
The Pyramid in progress.
The Pyramid started as a quick gouache drawing I posted on my Instagram account (@swizzlestudio) for the Fourth of July.
The Pyramid can be seen at Flying Pony (1481 Gerrard St E, Toronto) until December 31, 2016.
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Thanks to everyone who took advantage of my December drawing and painting sale. It’s nice to have those artworks find a good home. Here’s a revised PDF with the remaining works for sale. If you make a last minute holiday purchase, I can still get the package to you before Christmas (Probably. I can’t guarantee Canada Post’s work). $25 shipping gets you Expedited shipping in Canada and the US on the small works. Large paintings shipping costs to be determined.