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kLoB



USA (United States)

Kunstart: Malerei
Technik: Acryl
Stil: Moderne


Statement:
Short Artist Statement

Kevin L. O'Brien (kLoB)

I am a proponent of Pan-Global, Industrial, Supra-Expressionism
which attempts to utilize materials from global industrial culture
within works created as art. The juxtaposition of the bold expressionistic strokes on the stark industrial materials causes a good deal of tension. The bright colors used in the textures further differentiates the energy of expressionistic strokes from the dullness of the main materials.

Reverence for the fine finished patinas that normally apply to art, as in art school or commercial art can be dispensed with for the boldness of an energy more sympathetic with rock and roll (e.g., jimi hendrix), r & b and/or jazz music (e.g., Coltrane). The high-power and energy of these musical expressions had a dramatic impact. Use of industrial materials in new combines (as influenced by Rauschenberg early on) further stressed the idea of how materials could be combined and what marked a work as "finished." A new primitive kind of "carpentry" skills were developed to hold these materials together, and worry about loose hanging edges was lost.

Expressionistic tendencies were heavily influenced by key Expressionists from Van Gogh though Abstract Expressionism and Action Painting. They walk a thin line between markings on some surface that depict something, and tracing the actual flow of energy through some random being.

Of course, there was a new vocabulary of objects that needed to be created and new motifs that needed to be developed to be depicted using this form of expression. My symbols were inspired by Klee, Dubuffet, children's art, people of many different lands. Of course, everyday objects depicted as in Pop were sucked into this imagery through the industrial-scape. I try to develop a symbol from pseudo-figurative state, along a continuum until it becomes my own. The symbols would be fashioned more in the brute manner of Dubuffet, children or early cultures, as it fit more with expressionistic force.

Helping to break things up into new arrangements, pieces and relationships, even going to the nonsensical as in Dada, were the effects of Surrealism on my work. Its super-focus and startling sharpness helped provide a basis for the glistening effects I like to add to some works, as if glowing within an industrial subway, within a cave. The rearrangement of shape and form helped me to melt normal shapes into new forms, which could better be used to express their industrial energy.

I do not feel that use of the basic materials of painting has been exhausted, or that art now must explore new materials/media to be able to make a valid statement.

Finally, since, to me, the spiritual is directly self-evident, it is also present in my work. The political and socio-political world are foreign to my art.


Vita / Lebenslauf:
BFA in Painting - Studied with John Grillo, a student of Hans Hoffman.




Aktivitäten / Ausstellungen:
painting, drawing

Soup's On, Andy! (Homage to Andy Warhol, 28 Years
Collage

91 x 60 x 2 cm
2015
Preis: 3.922 Euro
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Conan O'Brien on Set (waving arms)
Malerei
Acryl
61 x 92 x 2 cm
2013
Preis: 3.000 Euro
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Self Portrait 2013
Malerei
Acryl
36 x 24 x 3 cm
2013
Preis: 3.000 Euro
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Skyscraper
Malerei
Acryl
91 x 62 x 10 cm
2013
Preis: 2.800 Euro
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my private Auvers 2012
Malerei
Acryl
32 x 40 x 6 cm
2012
Preis: 3.150 Euro
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Star Spangled Banner
Malerei
Acryl
32 x 40 x 1 cm
2012
Preis: 2.656 Euro
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Kachina
Malerei
Ölmalerei
198 x 91 x 15 cm
1979
unverkäuflich
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Igloo
Malerei
Acryl
127 x 178 cm
1979
unverkäuflich
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House
Zeichnung
Bleistift
61 x 76 x 2 cm
1979
unverkäuflich
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Herd
Malerei
Acryl
76 x 91 x 2 cm
1979
unverkäuflich
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Front Door
Malerei
Acryl
91 x 198 x 17 cm
1978
unverkäuflich
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Fossil
Malerei
Acryl
91 x 226 x 13 cm
1977
unverkäuflich
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Computer at Phoenix Technologies
Malerei
Acryl
41 x 76 x 2 cm
1988
Preis: 1.391 Euro
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Bisons in the Grass
Malerei
Acryl
76 x 101 x 2 cm
1999
Preis: 1.391 Euro
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PC @ Fidelity
Malerei
Acryl
61 x 91 x 12 cm
1996
Preis: 1.738 Euro
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Ice Shield
Malerei
Acryl
193 x 76 x 13 cm
1979
unverkäuflich
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Energy Pack
Malerei
Acryl
132 x 305 x 15 cm
1979
unverkäuflich
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Bison 1976
Malerei
Mischtechnik
91 x 106 x 61 cm
1976
unverkäuflich
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Hi Speed Bison
Malerei
Acryl
61 x 91 x 2 cm
2005
Preis: 1.391 Euro
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Spring Tree
Malerei
Acryl
61 x 91 x 2 cm
2000
Preis: 1.391 Euro
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Big Fish
Malerei
Acryl
61 x 91 x 2 cm
2004
Preis: 1.738 Euro
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Sputnik
Zeichnung

23 x 7 x 3 cm
1978
verkauft
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Nude Woman
Malerei
Acryl
223 x 91 x 32 cm
1977
verkauft
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The Passge of Time
Malerei
Acryl
221 x 91 x 1419 cm
1978
verkauft
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Wave
Malerei
Acryl
61 x 91 x 11 cm
1979
verkauft
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Bison
Malerei
Acryl
61 x 91 x 11 cm
1977
unverkäuflich
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Glass of Red Wine
Malerei
Ölmalerei
61 x 76 x 2 cm
1976
verkauft
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Hi Fi Hamburg
Malerei
Acryl
61 x 91 x 2 cm
2005
Preis: 2.000 Euro
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Hamburger
Malerei
Acryl
203 x 61 x 10 cm
1977
verkauft
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Bacon and Eggs
Malerei
Acryl
61 x 91 x 10 cm
1976
verkauft
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Auvers 1976
Malerei
Acryl
61 x 91 x 2 cm
1976
verkauft
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