|Alex, oil on three copper panels, 6 x 6 inches|
After working in advertising for many years, first in Cape Town then New York, I moved to Philadelphia to study painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. I'm now represented here by Artists' House Gallery in Old City.
Most of the panels I use for painting are zinc and copper etching plates, although I've also used steel. I sometimes treat the plates with acid for a textured, corroded surface but usually I sand for a slight key for retention, and then use either a transparent lacquer or an opaque aerosol metal primer depending on whether I want the metal exposed. The plates are cut to size on a jump shear and reassembled for the image to be transferred. My portraits are always based on my own photographs which I've either then redrawn or manipulated in Photoshop.
|Liebesfreud String Quartet, oil on 3 zinc panels, 8 x 24 inches|
|Pete triptych - oil on 3 steel panels, 4 x 10 inches|
I use a fairly thin mixture of oil paint, linseed oil and oil of spike lavender initially, gradually phasing out the mediums in favor of pure paint. Sometimes a certain amount of oiling-out is necessary to restore the depth of darker colors. I like to bring the image to varying levels of development when painting; in some areas I'll take the rough oil sketch no further, while other passages I'll refine to a higher degree of finish. Often, I'll sand the painting down to the bare metal to imply that the piece has been handled, be it roughly or tenderly.
|S.S. United States - oil on copper panel, 9 x 6 inches|
|iPod - oil on zinc panel 9 x 7 inches|
While reconstructing my family tree recently I became interested in ancestral images, and plan a series which respond to the formal court portraits as well as to more casual snapshots in old albums.
|Spring Garden - oil on 4 zinc panels, 20 x 15 inches|
by Patrick Crofton
Patrick's work is featured in Woodmere Art Museum's 71st Annual Juried Exhibition.
About Woodmere's 71st Annual Juried Exhibition:
Woodmere's 71st Annual Juried Exhibition, juried by artist Alex Kanevsky, will feature works in a variety of media from 46 artists living within 50 miles of the Museum. Works were chosen to create a cohesive presentation that explores contemporary ideas within the arts of Philadelphia. In conjunction with the juried show, Kanevsky's own work will be on view in the exhibition Alex Kanevsky: Some Paintings and Drawings, and the artist has also selected some of Woodmere's works of art for display in Selections from the Collection.