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Sam Earle
Sam Earle’s mixed media paintings are composed of tediously layered, hand-painted transfers on hollow-core wood panels. He embellishes some images with tacks that are painted over, and then glazed with acrylic. The extensive process of his paintings reflects the eclectic nature of the artist’s inspirations. Earle’s works range in subject from circus themes to elements of antiquity mixed with his own icons and invented symbols. The work recalls the layering of Jasper Johns with the playful imagery of Claes Oldenburg. His work can be found in many private and public collections, including the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibition, Circus, plays with the concept of advertisements for a once revered pastime. The work recalls an entertainment industry that produced crowds seeking to quench a curiosity for the unusual and extraordinary.
Image:
384 Amory, 2014
Mixed medium on hollow core door
12 x 6 inches