This is an underdrawing of a 2.5hp Evinrude outboard motor on two panels. It is life-sized in keeping with my recent still life paintings. This one has, so far, proved to be exponentially more difficult to do because of its size and complex form. I had to do lots of measuring with different tools (see @rauhauser on instagram). There is little or no persecutive in this. As with my other still life paintings, I want to present the subject head-on as more of a schematic than a traditional representation.
I would like the painting to maintain some of the guide marks for lengths, angles and midpoints. Many years ago I stumbled into Giacometti’s “Still Life with an Apple” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. It had a very powerful impact on me at the time and it never stopped resonating. I think it is one of the masterpieces of the 20th Century.
When I saw it for the first time I was very involved with some form of pure “realism” and I had little regard for Modern Art. Giacometti’s painting blew those notions out of my head, not all at once, but gradually the way one might fall in love. This painting has so much reality in it that I began to examine what the whole concept of “the real,” which I had hitherto taken for granted. I do not, however, want to do a pastiche, parody or copy of Giacometti’s masterpiece, but rather see if I can incorporate his sense of solidity and structure to my Evinrude.
This work measures 40″ x 30″ for both panels combined. More work can be seen on my website, amrfineart.com.