48" x 48" Oil On Board
A bright and whimsical painting, this work recalls images of classic Americana. Drawing upon images of archetypal seaside towns, where beaches and pools are scattered with red, white and blue umbrellas, No Diving is a contemporary reading of summer play. The almost tongue-in-cheek title, with the graphic scene of legs jutting from the water almost elicits a giggle. Similarly to his other works in which people populate the picture frame, their presence is there as a way to explore shape and form, rather than as portraits. The legs work as a visual aids to suggest movement and highlight the action.