Jim R. Randall
The Painting Series “Spell Chrysanthemum” and “Bovine Bones’
My next-door neighbor Henry (a jazz musician) gave me a discarded bouquet of flowers.
I’ve always wanted to paint flowers like Henri de Fantin-Latour but this work is more inline with the drunken ghost of Willem de Kooning (after all, he lived up the street once).
My favorite flower to work from is the zinnia purchased from a sly Hungarian florist who speaks under his breath of the former Soviet Block.
“Spell Chrysanthemum” is a punch line to a joke I heard in the mid-eighties about a man trying to enter heave
I’ve been in possession of an old cow bone (actually two vertebrae fused together) for quite a while. The shape is endlessly fascinating especially by the light of campfire in my cave.
1979 “Landscape Constructions” Mira Costa College, Oceanside, CA
1979 “MFA Exhibit” University Of California at San Diego
1990 “Paintings” Hawkins Fine Arts Gallery, New York, NY
2006 “ Jabbo Smith Was Here” Crossing Tracks Gallery, San Diego, CA
2007 “Chop Suey” 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar, St. Louis, MO
2007 “An Abbreviated Retrospective In A Small Space” Open Studio NY, NY
2011 “Spell Chrysanthemums And Bovine Bones” Open Studio NY, NY
Selected Group Shows
1982 “ Selections 18” The Drawing Center, New York, NY
1984-85 “New Talent New York” Touring Exhibit Throughout The Midwest
Organized by Sioux City Art Center, Iowa