'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.

Proxy #2 2x12 acrylic

Title : Proxy 2

Painting Size : 12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2009

Price : $500

Proxy #1 12x12 acrylic

Title : Proxy 1

Painting Size : 12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2009

Price : $500

Title : Wireless?

Painting Size : 12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Price : $500

Title : American Icon – Atari 2600

Painting Size : 24×24

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Price : $2200

Title : American Icon – Commodore 64

Painting Size : 24×24

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Price : $2200

Title : American Icon – Colecovision Controller

Painting Size : 12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Price : $500

Title : American Icon – Atari Haunted House Cartridge

Painting Size : 6×6

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Price : $250

Title : American Icon – Stack of Atari

Painting Size : 15×15

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Price : $900

Title : American Icon – Atari Adventure Cartridge

Painting Size : 15×15

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Price : $800


Title : American Icon – Atari Pac Man Cartridge

Painting Size :12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Year Created : 2009

Price: $500

american-icon-atari-asteroids-12x12-acrylic-on-paper

Title : American Icon – Atari Asteroids Cartridge

Painting Size :12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Year Created : 2009

Price : $500

American Icon - Atari Berzerk 8x8 acrylic

Title : American Icon – Atari Berzerk Cartridge

Painting Size : 8×8

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Year Created : 2009

Price: $350

Title : American Icon – Atari Warlords Cartridge

Painting Size : 8×8

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Year Created : 2009

Price : $350

Title : American Icon – Yoda Action Figure

Painting Size : 6×6

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Price : $250

Title : American Icon – Luke Skywalker Action Figure

Painting Size : 6×6

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Price : $250

Title : American Icon – Boba Fett Action Figure

Painting Size : 15×15

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Price : $850

Title : American Icon – Stormtrooper Action Figure

Painting Size : 12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Price : $500

Title : American Icon – Sandpeople Action Figure

Painting Size : 12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Price : $500

Title : American Icon – Darth Vader Action Figure

Painting Size : 12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Price : $500

Title : American Icon – C3P0 Action Figure

Painting Size : 12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

Price : $500

Title : American Icon – Hoth Han Solo Action Figure

Painting Size : 12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2009

Price : $500

Title : American Icon – Darth Vader Action Figure

Painting Size : 24×24

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Year Created : 2008

Price : $2000

Title : American Icon – Luke Skywalker Action Figure

Painting Size :12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Year Created : 2009

Price : $500

 


Title : American Icon – Princess Leia Action Figure

Painting Size : 12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Year Created : 2009

Price : $500


Title : American Icon – R2D2 Action Figure

Painting Size : 12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2008

Price : $500


Title : American Icon – Lando Action Figure

Painting Size :12×12

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Year Created : 2009

Price : $500


Title : American Icon – Optimus Prime Action Figure

Painting Size : 20×20

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2009

Price : $1600

American Icon - Atari Missle Command

Title : American Icon – Atari Missile Command

Painting Size : 8×11

Year Created : 2008

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Price : $250

American Icon - Atari Defender 4x6 Acrylic

Title : American Icon – Atari Defender

Painting Size : 4×6

Year Created : 2008

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Price : $200

Title : American Icon – Nintendo NES

Painting Size : 20×20

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

SOLD

Title : American Icon – Who Shot First Action Figures

Painting Size : 15×15

Medium : Mixed Media on canvas

Year Created : 2011

SOLD

Title : American Icon – Atari Joystick

Drawing Size : 15×15

Year Created : 2010

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Commission

Title : Han & Leia Action Figures (Star Wars Wedding Present)

Drawing Size : 12×12

Year Created : 2010

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Commission

Title : Han & Leia Action Figures (Star Wars Wedding Present)

Drawing Size : 15×15

Year Created : 2010

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Commission

american-icon-han-and-leia-12x12-acrylic-on-paper

Title : Han & Leia Action Figures (Star Wars Wedding Present)

Drawing Size : 12×12

Year Created : 2008

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Commission

Title : Han & Leia Action Figures (Star Wars Wedding Present)

Drawing Size : 12×12

Year Created : 2009

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Commission

american-icon-boba-fett-action-figure-12x12-acrylic-on-paper

Title : Boba Fett Action Figure

Drawing Size : 12×12

Year Created : 2008

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Commission

american-icon-boba-fett-12x12-acrylic-on-paper

Title : Boba Fett Action Figure

Drawing Size : 12×12

Year Created : 2008

Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas

Commission