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The Alternative Facts Gallery (ongoing portrait series)

The other day, I was on the way to a friend’s house for a gathering of artists who meet and share their work together. I have been going for a few weeks.

As is my way, I was mulling something over on the way there. I had shared a post that was defending libraries for the techno-futurist claim, that in the information age, there is no need for public libraries and stacks of books available for anyone.  The problem I was mulling over: “do these people really exist, people that imagine there is no need for public libraries making information free to all?”

Certainly, they do. There exists a sad sort of person that despite wealth and privilege and all the advantages that an education confers, –somehow look at all the grief and horror that makes up the world and, yet, the greatest injustice they can conceive of –and the one that keeps them awake at night– is the injustice that somewhere, public funds are being used to give a poor person something for free.

When I think of the pitched political battles in the US since my childhood in the 1980s, the common theme has been Conservative politicians (and some neo-Liberal ones) chipping away at all the Social Safety Net that protects the poorest among us from worse deprivations. Then, I thought:

What if, all these powerful men, were not men of wealth and status? What if I re-imagined some alternate timeline where they were not protected by their wealth, and privileged, but lived lives that were desperate and roiled by misfortune. What if these men weren’t powerful men, but homeless men, the impoverished, or the incarcerated?

This is an ongoing portrait project. For each portrait, I will create and alternative biography (based on details from their actual biographies) and create alternative fact biographies for each picture.

My end goal here is not to cast scorn on the men depicted, (though I feel the scorn is much deserved), but rather, if we can imagine powerful men as homeless men, then we ought to be able to find a way to, and the means to, raise those men and women around us who are the homeless, addicted, and impoverished, towards a better future for them and for us.

 

Paul Ryan, born Janesville, Wisconsin, 1970

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Case notes: Paul has faced a long-time methamphetamine addiction, (15+ years) that began when he followed his father (Paul Davis Ryan Sr.) into the construction trade. He became dependent during times work was more scare and has repeated bouts of unemployment and incarceration (drug manufacture/distribution, armed robbery, drug possession and operating a vehicle while ability impaired). The family’s resources were strained when an onsite accident caused his father’s disability and there was further strain at home when an elder relative moved into the household needing care. Paul has been homeless for about the past 8 years. He is still actively using. His drug use makes him often unpredictable and difficult to house.

 

Donald J. Trump born June 14th, 1946, Queens, NY.

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Donald Trump, alternative facts portrait, acrylic paint and graphite on gessoed paper, 8.5″ x 10″

 

Case notes: Donald is a mixed drug user and a serial sexual offender/pedophile (level 3). Raised in Queens, NY, when he has not been incarcerated, he has run a small subcontracting firm, –which folded when he was sued for defrauding an elderly client. He has committed sexual offenses against both adult women and adolescent children. (see read more)

The duration of Donald’s homelessness has been greater than twenty years. He is also known to be positive for Hep C (intravenous drug user).

 

Mitch McConnell Born Sheffield, Alabama, 1940s (date in-precise)

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Case notes: Mitch has had lifelong mobility impairments due to inadequate treatment of polio at age 2. At present he is wheelchair-bound. Nonetheless he is an abuser of prescription painkillers. He was –for a time the proprietor of a small book-shop. He was forced into early retirement (social security remains his sole source of income) which he took with early retirement penalty when a nearby Wal-mart Supercenter made his business no longer profitable. Mitch currently resides in public housing for the aged.

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New Small Works, (Small Works Progress Administration) 2017



We’re already a couple weeks into the new year, I haven’t updated, but I have been busy.

I have started a new set of the Small Works Progress Administration (small paintings in acrylic and mixed media). That in the parenthesis there is something of a change in of itself: I discovered I really enjoy working in mixed media by doing a project for a friend. Previous series of small works had been in acrylic paint only, but this set includes acrylic paint, graphite, and marker, on gessoed cardboard. This new series will sell for $25 each. (dimensions are approximately 5″ x 9″, though these are hand-made items and their sizes vary)

[All works in The Small Works Progress Administration series are all currently on sale $20, or 2 for 30, –further discounts for sets]

The older small works can be seen here: http://wp.me/p2c9SR-bl

Another new one (painted at one of the sketching events):

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Figure (sold)

A couple new, enjoy:

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Bacteriophage, mixed media on cardboard, $25

 

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Combat boots, mixed media on cardboard, $25.

Putting newer stuff to the top now. I managed a few pieces this evening. I returned to images I have treated before in other places, some images come from cabinet photos, others are from my own 35mm photography of the area in which I live, and sometimes still life of random objects around my apartment:

 

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from cabinet photo, mixed media on cardboard $25

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still life of skull and small statuette, mixed media on cardboard $25

 

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Cabinet photo, mixed media on cardboard. $25

 

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Two versions of the same cabinet photo together, mixed media, $25.

 

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Entrance to St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Watervliet, N.Y. demolished) from on of my 35mm photos of the church. [SOLD]

Here are the first three of the new series, keep checking back as more will be going up soon.

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1868 Holy Bible, mixed media on gessoed cardboard (SOLD)

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Decorative Skull, mixed media on gessoed cardboard

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Polyhedron Die (D-20) mixed media on gessoed carboard $25 (SOLD)

I have always been fascinated with skeleton keys. As an adult I have a small collection of them I buy in antique shops. Here are three studies of a couple keys I own, one is decorative, the other was bought at an antique shop.

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Skeleton Key (3 of 3) mixed media on gessoed cardboard. $25

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Skeleton Key (2 of 3) mixed media on gessoed cardboard $25

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Skeleton Key (1 of 3) mixed media on cardboard $25

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Skeleton Keys all three together on my easel. If someone wants to buy these as a set, I will sell them together at a discount.

Eleven Images: Featured Pieces of the Week

On this page, each week I will spot-light a different work that is for sale and not currently on exhibit. I’m inundated with a glut of work in my two-bedroom apartment. With that in mind, I will feature different pieces here each week discounted from what I have asked when the works were on exhibit.

For inquiries, contact at eaton.robertb@gmail.com.

Limited time!
Doing a couple pieces at name your own price. (3 pieces)

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“Those That Keep Watch” oil and graphite on canvas 11″ x 14″ (NYOP)

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“In Cold Spirals” oil and graphite on canvas, 16″ x 20″ (NYOP)

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Small Works Progress Administration, “Skeleton Keys,” (set of 3) mixed media on cardboard, (size approx 5″x9″ each) (NYOP)

 

Older: (these are for sale at the prices listed)

Had some pieces come off exhibit this week:  $35-$40 each. If you have your own frame, make an offer.

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Empire State Plaza, mixed media on paper, 8.5 x 11, $35, or make best offer.

 

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Study Cabinet Photo (Old Man), mixed media on gessoed paper, 11″ x 14″ $40, or make offer.

 

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Study, Alley in Troy NY, graphite and acrylic paint on gessoed paper, 11″ x 14″ $40 or make offer.

Featuring one of the larger pieces, –also– price drop.

 

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“Horror-Skeksis,” acrylic paint on wood panel, 11″ x 16 and 1/2″, was $200, now $180

The exhibit “Impressive” at the Albany Barn has come down. Thank you everyone who came out to see my work and work by other great area artists featured in the show.

I have four of the wood-block prints, here. I would like to sell them as a set, but I will entertain offers for the individual pieces as well:

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“No One Who Wanders is Truly Alone”, woodblock prints (set of four) recently exhibited at the Albany Barn, $45 each.

 

This week, some work in mixed media on paper. First, some weeks ago I took a bus down to the river-front and did this study of “The Livingston Ave Train Trestle”

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“Livingston Ave Train Trestle, Albany, NY. mixed media on paper, 8 and 1/2″ x 11” $35.

and this:

from a 35mm photo, a study of the The Richardson-Olmstead Complex (former Buffalo State Psychiatric Center), viewed from the rear of the administrative building.

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The Richardson-Olmstead Complex, study, pencil on paper, 11″ x 14″ $30

And lastly, this:

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No One Who Wanders is Ever Truly Alone” oil on canvas, 16″ x 20″ (2016) $205

For those keeping track, This painting was the source imagery for the wood-block prints I did, that are currently being exhibited at the Albany Barn as part of their “Impressive” exhibit.

 

Some older features here:

 

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“In Cold Spirals” graphite and oil on canvas, 16″ x 24″ was $165, now $150

 

Lastly, I had a person interested in a photo, so I made two 8″ x 10″ copies, This is the second, framed, $30.

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Washington Park Lake, 8″ x 10″ print, Olympus OM-1 35mm camera. Framed, $35

 

Also, I am selling prints of my photo’s of St Patrick’s Cathedral (Watervliet, NY, now demolished):

 

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Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, (2011) Olympus OM-1 35mm camera. 4″ x 6″ print $30

 

Some new featured images for this week (2). Also, message me about the other (past) featured images. The first work –at its sale price– is part of a series of smaller inexpensive works in oil, titled “Uneasy Chair.”

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“Uneasy Chair,” oil on canvas, 10″ x 10″ $95

Also, in honor of today (4/24) being the day in 1990 that the Hubble Telescope launched on the space shuttle Discovery, this image (“In Cold Spirals”) was inspired by images of spiral galaxies which have become inspiring and familiar to those who follow the current era of space exploration:

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“In Cold Spirals” Oil on canvas, 16″ x 20″ $165.

 

This week’s featured piece is one I did for a themed show that was, sadly, not accepted for the show. The work is acrylic on two wood panels re-purposed from an abandoned table-top I commandeered. The image is based on a nineteenth-century headstone I photographed in Amherst, Massachusetts. The sale will include a print of that photo.

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19th-century Death’s Head Wings. Acrylic paint on gessoed wood. 2 wood panels 14″ x 35″ each. $185.

 

Image of artist with the work:

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[Items below are on sale]

Brand new, finished up over the weekend:

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Aphasia (blunt-force) oil and graphite on canvas, 16″ x 20″ $90

Some older featured works, –now at reduced prices for the duration of the sale. “Body at Rest” I love his little guy so much, and I’d like him to have a home.

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Body at Rest, oil on canvas, 10″ x 10″ $175

“Mother of Crows”

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“Mother of Crows” acrylic paint on canvas, 16″ x 20″ $70

“No One who Wanders is Truly Alone”

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No One who Wanders is Truly Alone, oil on canvas, 16″ x 20″ $150

Also, “Uneasy Chair.”

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“Uneasy Chair” oil on canvas, 10″ x 10″ $95

 

Keep checking back as I’ll be featuring different recent pieces in this space. There’s a few more if you scroll downward that are also on sale.

 

 

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“Do Hearts Find Jagged Edges?” 16″ x 20,” oil on canvas, $125.

 

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“No Lover Isn’t a Noose in Time” oil on canvas, 12″ x 12″ $65

 

 

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“Lullaby for a Castaway” 8″ x 10″ oil on canvas $55

 

 

Please email inquiries or offers to eaton.robert@gmail.com (see the about section for details). As I said earlier, I have a whole lot of work that has recently come back to me. The following works were all included in The Art on Eight show. The show was put on by the New York State Office of Mental Health to spotlight the art work of artists who receive services through the Office of Mental Health. (Some of the previous show have been included in OMH’s Art on Eight Flickr gallery.

 

Several of the small works together that were recently in the show.

Several of the small works together that were recently in the show.

You can see more close up shots of the works as you scroll down (all these works are framed –you will probably wish to use another frame, it was a temporary solution for display purposes) These works are all $25, use the contact information in the about section of this blog: The following pieces are all approximately 8′ x 10″.

Fedralsburg, acrylic on cardboard

Fedralsburg, acrylic on cardboard [sold]

Study (Manet) The Old Musician, acrylic on Cardboard

Study (Manet) The Old Musician, acrylic on Cardboard

Figure Study, colored pencil on paper

Figure Study, colored pencil on paper

Trinity Church, acrylic on cardboard

Trinity Church, acrylic on cardboard

Young Mother and Child, acrylic on cardboard

Young Mother and Child, acrylic on cardboard

Dread locked Cow-girl, acrylic on cardboard

Dread locked Cow-girl, acrylic on cardboard

Figure Study, charcoal on paper.

Figure Study, charcoal on paper.

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