Ambiguous Paintings

On 13 May, 2013 by Angelique Bowman
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Another Day

The stories behind my ambiguous art are meant to be interpreted with an open mind.  During the process, I typically have every intention to focus on at least two interpretations.  However, these interpretations are between me and the process, and I am not as concerned if the viewer does not see things my way.  Though I am always happy to share my perspective, I love to hear what others make of it first.  I hope that you make your own connections and if our interpretations agree to some level, then perhaps I created a mood that we can both relate to in some way.





The painting above, titled “Another Day,” was part of a series  of paintings upon which I painted a simple line across my canvases that could represent a horizon line, a prop, or something of a larger scale.  I purposefully kept the backdrop flat with loose brushstrokes to avoid details and clarity.  If you look at this painting in one way, you may see a  man sitting at a bar, but if you look at it with a different mind set, it may look like an open field.  Depending on the way you feel in the moment, the mood and meaning of this painting may begin to take different roles.

"Oh Brother."  Oil & Acrylic on CanvasThis painting is titled, “Oh, Brother,” was at first a play on the fact that the model was actually my brother.  But as always, my titles  begin to have more meaning as the painting unfolds.  This painting is another example where I began with a simple line to create space.   The figure is always the strongest role in most of my paintings, so I avoid getting too busy with other details.  I may only use one or two props, if any, to convey a mood or story line.  Here, my prop is an umbrella, which would be useful for obvious reasons.  However, as the painting progressed, it began to suggest a phallic symbol to represent this young man’s frustrations and heartaches.    





"Blue." Oil on Canvas.

In this painting titled “Blue,” I decided to play on my interpretation of a bar scene from “Another Day.”   I wanted to explore the possibilities of  different moods by adding some depth to a  foreground and background.  While the new figure is placed in what is now the foreground, the originally subtle suggestion of a bar scene is now much more apparent to me.  





Below are more open ended paintings for my viewers to interpret.  You may notice that many of the following paintings are typically females and several may even look like portraits of myself.  And though that may be true on some level, I consider myself in role play as a character that may not necessarily represent myself.  As I look in the mirror to capture a particular expression in contrasting lighting, sometimes I distort my face to look like someone  else, if necessary.  That said, I often end up painting myself (as I don’t normally ask people to pose for me and make faces for hours so that I can capture a single expression).   

Scroll over the images to see the titles, which also play a significant role in my work.

Oh, How the Tables Have Turned Meltdown

Dont Push Cringe

Blindfold Shoes

"The Breeze." Oil on Canvas.

the patient


Gone Fishin Art

Technique & Medium:  Each painting displayed here was painted in oil on canvas.  I spent several sessions on each painting to allow time for drying in between, so that I could build up the color, detail and color that I was working towards.





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