Honorable Mention Southwestern Artists' Association Top 100 Regional Show
Exhibited: ~ Ballast Point Gallery ~ Mission Trails Regional Park “3x2 Show:Darin/McPherson” ~ Gallery 23, Spanish Village ~ San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild | Fine Art Festival V ~ St. Clair Gallery ~ UU Bard Hall Gallery ~ 504 Gallery
One in a suite of oils on mahogany featuring monkeys in human situations ~ along the lines of C. M. Coolidge's "Dogs Playing Poker". As silly as that sounds, Coolidge was already famous for painting animals in human situations when, in 1903, the ad firm of Brown & Bigelow commissioned a series of 16 dogs paintings for a client's cigar advertisements. Showing various stages of what might be the roving poker game, they held an appeal that made them part of our American Pop culture and there have been numerous interpretations since ~ on every surface, including velvet!
It's main appeal is how funny it is. Poker's a fairly cerebral activity, so the idea of dogs playing is patently absurd.
Once The Conversation was finished, a friend suggested I do a series of the monkeys... referencing Coolidge's work.
I loved the idea's "kitsch" factor and hope that one day these paintings will bring the $590,000 that two of Coolidge's Dogs fetched at a Doyle New York auction in 2005!