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Childhood redux

I wish I had this painting for the Childhood in Decline exhibit at the now defunct Blank Canvas Gallery in New Hope, PA. But I needed to read the owner’s statement for the show to create this painting. She wrote of her difficult childhood, and I have been thinking of it on and off for over a month. I created this painting using her statement as inspiration, as well as the affecting photographs of poor children, Spitalfields Nippers by Horace Warner. A compilation of mug shots by Raynal Pellicer and An Illustrated History of Boxing by Nat Fleischer and Sam Andres, updated by Dan Rafael were also consulted.

Boxing angel Boxing angel (detail)

The Good Son

I read an article which was adapted from Mark Kriegel’s book The Good Son, about Ray Mancini and his tragic fight with Duk-koo Kim. The sorrow and ultimate absolution in the story were characteristics I wanted to communicate in paint. I also wanted to experiment with color, to move toward some of the beautifully muted colors I saw in Old Master paintings at the Louvre. Here are my attempts. The Ray Mancini painting has been worked on longer. I have only begun the Kim painting.