BRIAN DELACEY-ART
Included on this site are several series of paintings and drawings that span the last decade. Each theme is connected by the use of pattern and/or texture that frames a specific subject whether its engines or classical figures.
Each series is concerned with describing different interpretations of the concept of beauty. The earliest pieces are those that integrate baroque tapestry patterns into either classical figures, people or animals
The engines are in some sense a fusion of ideas that have been percolating for some ten to fifteen years. The organic nature of these inorganic static structures is alluring. The bright colors and crisp shapes of these forms stand in opposition to their original form that I extracted from photographs.
In 2016, I started making collages that were based on both engine images and the "engine" sculptures that I was making out of E-waste. These collages distilled and flattened shapes and gave me a whole new realm to explore with the paintings. In 2016 and 2017 works have evolved experimenting with color interactions and, most recently, bringing back a certain three dimensional illusion to some of the shapes.