early abstract

I am excited to announce that my paper has been accepted at the American Shakespeare Center’s 9th Blackfriars Conference! I will be in a colloquy session on “Extra Textual Material”.

Painter Elaine de Kooning working on John F Kennedy painting in Manhattan studio, 1964, New York, NY. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt, LIFE.

In 1962 Elaine de Kooning was commissioned to paint a portrait of President John F. Kennedy to be hung in the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Missouri. De Kooning was one of the early participants in the Abstract Expressionist movement. She was given access to the president during his winter sojourn in Palm Beach, Florida, in late 1962 and early 1963.


Some FX’s animation/development I made for the Annecy film, Au Lapin Agile! 

From the very beginning, we wanted the fight to move through the different modern art movements. Since we knew the fight would bring the art to life, it was such a fun challenge to research, explore, and define how the three different art movements would show themselves. Not only did they have to be representative in their design, but I wanted the movement throughout the fight to be specific as well. 

Tests shown here in order - Fauvism, Cubism, and early Abstraction (based on the Delaunay’s work). 

You can watch the film here. 


August Strindberg (1849–1912, Sweden)


Strindberg was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter. Strindberg’s career spanned four decades, during which time he wrote over 60 plays and more than 30 works of fiction, autobiography, history, cultural analysis, and politics. From his earliest work, Strindberg developed innovative forms of dramatic action, language, and visual composition. He is considered the father of modern Swedish literature and his The Red Room (1879) has frequently been described as the first modern Swedish novel.

Painting and photography offered vehicles for his belief that chance played a crucial part in the creative process. Strindberg’s paintings were unique for their time, and went beyond those of his contemporaries for their radical lack of adherence to visual reality. The 117 paintings (mostly landscapes) that are acknowledged as his were mostly painted within the span of a few years, and are now seen by some as among the most original works of 19th-century art.