'American Icon'

Looking Back at Icons of my History

The only semi serious injury I received as a child required 5 stitches on the palm of my hand for a gash gotten in the thick of battle in woods behind my cousins’ house.  A particularly well placed stick didn’t serve to break my fall as well as I thought it would. Fast forward a few weeks and I, a very nervous 8 year old was promised a trip to see Star Wars if I would “be brave and not cry” when I got my stitches taken out. I was neither. My tears and fears were ferocious until the doctor said “they’re out.” I hadn’t even felt the procedure but I was still going to see Star Wars.

 

The power of myth is often counted as an underpinning to the Star Wars movies but that power is nothing like the workings of an 8 year old imagination. Star Wars and other toys from my childhood still hold a magic sway over my memory and nostalgia as the echoes of my child’s imagination cascade into my adult life.

 

The paintings from the American Icon series strive to capture an element of that belief with a touch of whimsy and nostalgia mixed into the stew for full flavor. Iconic, yet undeniably mass produced, the toys and accoutrements from my formative years still hold their power. Those millions of plastic toys have little intrinsic ability to do anything but age into a slightly yellowed state. The association of memory, both my own and collectively lifts them into the Pantheon of cherished things.

 

In fact, I still cringe thinking of my kindergarten comrades flying my just gotten plastic x-wing fighter into the depths and death of the sand pile, effectively rendering its meager electronics useless. With some ebay luck I’ll have a painting soon of that ill fated toy and the nostalgic circle will be complete.

Wireless?

Atari vs Xbox Painting

Title : Wireless?

Painting Size : 12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Framed Size : 14×14

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $550

American Icon – Atari 2600

Atari 2600 Painting

Title : American Icon – Atari 2600

Painting Size : 24×24

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Framed Size : 26×26

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $2200

American Icon – Commodore 64

Commodore 64 Painting

Title : American Icon – Commodore 64

Painting Size : 24×24

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Framed Size : 26×26

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $2200

American Icon – Colecovision Controller

Colecovision Controller Painting

Title : American Icon – Colecovision Controller

Painting Size : 12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Framed Size : 14×14

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $650

American Icon – Atari Haunted House Cartridge

Atari Haunted House Painting

Title : American Icon – Atari Haunted House Cartridge

Painting Size : 6×6

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Framed Size : 8×8

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $300

American Icon – Stack of Atari

Stack of Atari Painting

Title : American Icon – Stack of Atari

Painting Size : 15×15

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Framed Size : 17×17

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $950

American Icon – Atari Adventure Cartridge

Atari Adventure Painting

Title : American Icon – Atari Adventure Cartridge

Painting Size : 15×15

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Framed Size : 17×17

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $850

American Icon – Atari Pac Man Cartridge

Atari Pac Man Painting

Title : American Icon – Atari Pac Man Cartridge

Painting Size :12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Year Created : 2009

Framed Size : 14×14

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price: $650

American Icon – Atari Asteroids Cartridge

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Atari Asteroids Painting

Title : American Icon – Atari Asteroids Cartridge

Painting Size :12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Year Created : 2009

Framed Size : 14×14

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $650

American Icon – Atari Berzerk Cartridge

American Icon - Atari Berzerk 8x8 acrylic

Atari Berzerk Painting

Title : American Icon – Atari Berzerk Cartridge

Painting Size : 8×8

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Year Created : 2009

Price: $400

American Icon – Atari Warlords Cartridge

Atari Warlords Painting

Title : American Icon – Atari Warlords Cartridge

Painting Size : 8×8

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Year Created : 2009

Price : $400

American Icon – Yoda Action Figure

Yoda Action Figure Painting

Title : American Icon – Yoda Action Figure

Painting Size : 6×6

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Framed Size : 8×8

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $300

American Icon – Luke Skywalker Action Figure

Luke Skywalker Action Figure Painting

Title : American Icon – Luke Skywalker Action Figure

Painting Size : 6×6

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Framed Size : 8×8

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $300

American Icon – Boba Fett Action Figure

Boba Fett Action Figure Painting

Title : American Icon – Boba Fett Action Figure

Painting Size : 15×15

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Framed Size : 17×17

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $850

American Icon – Stormtrooper Action Figure

Stormtrooper Action Figure Painting

Title : American Icon – Stormtrooper Action Figure

Painting Size : 12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Framed Size : 14×14

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $650

American Icon – Sandpeople Action Figure

Sandpeople Action Figure Painting

Title : American Icon – Sandpeople Action Figure

Painting Size : 12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Framed Size : 14×14

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $650

American Icon – Darth Vader Action Figure

Darth Vader Action Figure Painting

Title : American Icon – Darth Vader Action Figure

Painting Size : 12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Framed Size : 14×14

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $650

American Icon – C3P0 Action Figure

C3P0 Action Figure Painting

Title : American Icon – C3P0 Action Figure

Painting Size : 12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Framed Size : 14×14

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $650

American Icon – Hoth Han Solo Action Figure

Hoth Han Solo Action Figure Painting

Title : American Icon – Hoth Han Solo Action Figure

Painting Size : 12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2009

Framed Size : 14×14

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $650

American Icon – Darth Vader Action Figure

Darth Vader Action Figure Painting

Title : American Icon – Darth Vader Action Figure

Painting Size : 24×24

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Year Created : 2008

Framed Size : 26×26

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $2600

American Icon – Luke Skywalker Action Figure

Luke Skywalker Action figure Painting

Title : American Icon – Luke Skywalker Action Figure

Painting Size :12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Year Created : 2009

Framed Size : 14×14

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $650

 

American Icon – Princess Leia Action Figure

Princess Leia Action Figure Painting

Title : American Icon – Princess Leia Action Figure

Painting Size : 12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Year Created : 2009

Framed Size : 14×14

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $650

American Icon – R2D2 Action Figure

R2D2 Action Figure Painting

Title : American Icon – R2D2 Action Figure

Painting Size : 12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2009

Framed Size : 14×14

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $650

American Icon – Lando Action Figure

Lando Action Figure Painting

Title : American Icon – Lando Action Figure

Painting Size :12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Year Created : 2009

Framed Size : 14×14

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $650

American Icon – Optimus Prime Action Figure

Optimus Prim Action Figure Painting

Title : American Icon – Optimus Prime Action Figure

Painting Size : 20×20

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2009

Framed Size : 22×22

Frame Type : Satin Black “Floater” style

Price : $1800

American Icon – Atari Missile Command

American Icon - Atari Missle Command

Atari Missile Command Painting

Title : American Icon – Atari Missile Command

Painting Size : 8×11

Year Created : 2008

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Price : $300

American Icon – Atari Defender

American Icon - Atari Defender 4x6 Acrylic

Atari Defender Painting

Title : American Icon – Atari Defender

Painting Size : 4×6

Year Created : 2008

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Price : $200

American Icon – Stormtrooper Action Figure

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Stormtrooper Action Figure Drawing

Title : American Icon – Stormtrooper Action Figure

Drawing Size : 17×22

Medium : Charcoal on paper

Year Created : 2009

Price : $350

American Icon – Boba Fett Action Figure

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Boba Fett Action Figure Drawing

Title : American Icon – Boba Fett Action Figure

Drawing Size : 17×22

Medium : Charcoal on paper

Year Created : 2009

Price : $350

American Icon – Sandpeople Action Figure

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Sandpeople Action Figure Drawing

Title : American Icon – Sandpeople Action Figure

Drawing Size : 17×22

Medium : Charcoal on paper

Year Created : 2009

Price : $350

American Icon – Han Solo Action Figure

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Han Solo Action Figure Drawing

Title : American Icon – Han Solo Action Figure

Drawing Size : 17×22

Medium : Charcoal on paper

Year Created : 2009

Price : $350

American Icon – Luke Skywalker Action Figure

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Luke Skywalker Action Figure Drawing

Title : American Icon – Luke Skywalker Action Figure

Drawing Size : 17×22

Medium : Charcoal on paper

Year Created : 2009

Price : $350

American Icon – Obi Wan Kenobi Action Figure

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Obi Wan Kenobi Drawing

Title : American Icon – Obi Wan Kenobi Action Figure

Drawing Size : 17×22

Medium : Charcoal on paper

Year Created : 2009

Price : $350

American Icon – Imperial Trooper Action Figure

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Imperial Trooper Action Figure Drawing

Title : American Icon – Imperial Trooper Action Figure

Drawing Size : 17×22

Medium : Charcoal on paper

Year Created : 2009

Price : $350

American Icon – Princess Leia Action Figure

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Princess Leia Action Figure Drawing

Title : American Icon – Princess Leia Action Figure

Drawing Size : 17×22

Medium : Charcoal on paper

Year Created : 2009

Price : $350

American Icon – C3PO Action Figure

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C3P0 Action Figure Drawing

Title : American Icon – C3PO Action Figure

Drawing Size : 17×22

Medium : Charcoal on paper

Year Created : 2009

Price : $350