Keeping upon the theme of that which my eye is drawn to, I present Mr. Ken Price. Before today, I'd never heard of him but the discovery of his work warranted a deeper search into who this guy was. Born in 1935 in LA, he was mainly a sculpture of brightly coloured, abstract, almost futuristic ceramic pieces. He says his young years growing up on the west coast with a prominent surfing culture, influenced his ideas greatly. However, it is not the sculptures that caught my eye, but his series of drawings. Before he found his love of sculpture, Price was trained in illustration and cartooning, which you will see is evident in the works pictured below. In 2013 a retrospective was held to show these works on paper, named 'Slow and Steady Wins the Race - Works on Paper 1962 - 2010.'
What I personally love is the contrast between the background and foreground, mainly the sky and the land/objects. The skyscapes are so realistic looking, with a soft and dreamy quality, while the foreground is bold, edgy, simple and is where you can see his cartooning come out. It's also interesting to see illustrations of his sculptures either hidden around or taking center stage in some of his drawings. It is yet again, another contrast between his natural looking sky and barren looking land scapes with the odd formations of his abstract sculptures, kind of look out of place or alien world like.
Below are a few of his works that I would love to own! All these paintings are made with acrylic and ink, watercolours or watercolours and ink. I think i'm going to try this technique.
Bad Weather - 2005
Eruption and Lava Flow - 2003
Glass Off - 2001
Hawaiian Hotels - 2000
Home Sweet Home - 2005
Large Sculpture with Rocks - 2009
Making it living on its own - 2006
Sculpture with Pink Viewing Wall - 2008
The Decline of Southwestern Art - 2006