Four new hard-edge paintings

December 17th, 2007 | 7 Comments

Below are four new hard-edge paintings, representing the beginning of a series I started a couple of Fridays ago. Four pieces thus far, each 10 inches square by 1.5 inches deep, titled Motus 001 through 004. Motus is Latin for “motion.”

The design reminds me of some of the semi-truck designs I can’t get enough of, which I see as I drive around. I don’t really like driving, but seeing well-designed 18-wheelers can make any trip worthwhile.

Over the near-term, I’d like to produce perhaps 20 to 30 of these, just switching up the colors.

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In other news:

Things have been quiet on the blog lately because I’ve been working hard at redesigning my site, which will go live on January 1.

Cool art show alert: Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at Midcentury at the Orange County Museum of Art through January 6. The show features Frederick Hammersley, Karl Benjamin, and Lorser Feitelson — three of my favorite artists.

Cool book alert: Untitled by Stéphane Dafflon, another of my favorite artists.

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7 Responses to “Four new hard-edge paintings”

  1. Aimee says:

    Oh wow. Thanks for tip about Stéphane Dafflon– amazing stuff, as is your recent work. I’m tempted to buy myself a gift from your shop.

    Don’t know if you got the California Hard-Edge painting book yet but we sent it out on 12/13. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

  2. juankmilo says:

    heey, wow i like your paintings, i do have a question.. how do yo manage to make de lines so perfect and the same in every copy? i understand de straight lines probably tape.. but what about the curved lines??

  3. sarah says:

    wow they are so simlpe? yet eye catching. i really enjoy doing hard egde myself but the problem i always find is to get the lines perfect… but you have done a perfect job:)

  4. Thank you very much, Sarah!

  5. Eleanor says:

    Hi Grant,
    Sure enjoy your paintings! I’m a grade 7/8 art teacher, and am starting a unit on hard edge painting. Will be fun, ’cause we’ll be using real stretched canvases. 🙂 Would you have any tips for me on teaching the kids how to do their curved lines? I want to encourage them to do curves as well as straight lines. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Cool idea, Eleanor. There’s the obvious, like collecting objects with cool curves, and tracing them onto the canvas. But have you investigated bendable rulers? Those can be really helpful. Anyway, I wish you the best of success with your project.

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