Examples of Thematic Paintings and Drawings

The examples below do not offer examples that address the Thematic Assignment completely but instead offer ideas that may assist people with the assignment. As the above Thematic Assignment text indicates thematic content can potentially take form in various ways. Most of the examples do not demonstrate completed Thematic Assignments but instead are good examples of work that could be components or parts of a Thematic Assignment. Often innovative and unique parts for a theme can be discovered in the studies or preliminary works where a random image may be chosen.


Painting 1 course 2005
This above work is perhaps too obvious in terms of a political critique that involves and addresses important issues regarding Globalization/Multinational Corporations and their relation to culture. The above Painting also requires more use of colour and is perhaps a bit of a one liner but is large in scale and offers an intricate work with some interesting use of different materials in combination with paint. As well the painting surface is modular and is comprised of metal and canvas surfaces. Overall this is a good start for a painting with thematic content. Perhaps something else could be added to expand concepts in the work that is less literal in terms of corporate logos and the American dollar bill and flag.


Detail





Painting 1 course 2005



(example from Fundamentals of Drawing course 2004)
In terms of personal thematic content the sand traps of a Golf Course for this artist offers memories of time with her father. She saw the golf course as the only time she was able to spend time with her father and never did enjoy golfing, but played the sport in order to spend time with her father.

This work also makes a slight reference to environmental and or ecological issues of the natural uninhabited land being violated by the golf course. In this example the work begins to have layers of meaning for the artist and potentially for the viewer.





Advanced Painting  course         
  Self Directed Assignment    2006


The eaten Apple has obvious biblical references to Adam and Eve.
However in this example the aboriginal artist uses the subject matter to explore the negative connotation of being labeled an “Apple” (Red on the Outside and White on the Inside)
As a metaphor he felt that most of the red has been taken away and all that is left is the decay of the white.





Advanced Painting  course         
One example from a self portrait and identity paintings series completed by student
  Self Directed Assignment    2006

The Forced Posing of childhood portraits and Family Pictures. (Self Portrait)

Notice the forced smile and the child has taken a piece of cake before the staging of the photograph has been completed.

Perhaps this image is also about challenging negative Western stereotypes of Women of Asian descent  who are constructed and misrepresented as docile and not willing to challenge authority




Painting 1  course 2006
Tree Ghosts




 
Advanced Painting  course 2006
approximately 4 x 5 feet

In the work above a pre-colonial Aboriginal painting is depicted (Location is in actual Interlake area in Manitoba) The artist has added the Loon who is considered to be “the Trickster” in aboriginal culture.




Painting 1 course 2010
approximately 6 x 8 feet



Painting 1 course 2010
3 x 4 feet



Painting 1 course 2010
3 x 4 feet




Preliminary work for Thematic Assignment
Painting 1 course 2010
12 x 16 inches



Painting 1 course 2010
3 x 4 feet




Painting 1 course 2010
approximately 2 x 3 feet



Painting 1 course 2003
oil and acrylic on board   14 x 48 inches




Painting 1 course 2003
Work In Progress of previous image
oil and acrylic on board   14 x 48 inches





Advanced Drawing 2 course (Self -Directed Assignment) 2011
acrylic on paper
24 x 18 inches




Advanced Drawing 2 course (Self -Directed Assignment) 2011
acrylic and pen on board
48 x 24 inches




Images with Multiple Interpretations and Meaning

When an image/subject matter is depicted in a more abstract or expressionistic way there is greater potential for the image to be viewed or read in a way that allows for more than one interpretation or single meaning of the image. In poetry sometimes a word can have multiple meanings or conceptual layers in a poem but at the same time connects to the overall theme of the poem. Images and subject matter have potential to operate the same way in the overall theme of an art work.

When viewing the two examples of work below, what are the 3 or 4 images seen simultaneously or layered into each single image?
Two examples above  are from Fundamentals of Drawing courses       both 24 x 18 inches    circa 2004


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