Franck de las Mercedes, ‘Jackson Pollock’, 2014, The Directed Art Modern

Series: Blot Series

Signature: Signed and titled on reverse.

Image rights: All rights reserved to the artist.

BLOT portraits: The Writers I approach my work as note-taking and journal entry, fusing emotional extractions from past and present day experiences with what I read in non-fiction, poetry, philosophy, psychology books and other print media. in February of 2014 I lost my life's work in a five-alarm fire that destroyed our home and studio. I didn't know what direction my art would take at the time and when/if I'd start painting again. When I relocated to NYC, where I grew, I turned to painting portrait studies with ink, acrylic and crushed charcoal that I picked up from the ashes of my former studio. What emerged were studies on paper created with china ink and acrylic, painted with palette knives and acrylic markers. It was the best way I could honor my work and trajectory up until that moment in time. The studies offer a glimpse into my creative process in that moment. I also see them as really optimistic tributes to lost works and the subjects in the portraits. All works are 11w x 17h china ink, acrylic and charcoal on paper.

About Franck de las Mercedes

Nicaraguan, b. 1972, Masaya, Nicaragua, based in New York, NY, United States

Group Shows

The Directed Art Modern, 
Miami, FL, United States,
The Art of Manliness
Local Project Art Space, 
Long Island City, Queens, NY, United States,
The Food Show
Bronx Art Space, 
Bronx, NY, United States,
Fifth Bronx Latin American Art Biennial 2016
Brooklyn Expo Center, 
Brooklyn, NY, United States,
BKLYN Designs
L'Aart de Rien Gallerie, 
Aubusson, France,
Le Renouveau
The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA PopRally, 
New York, NY, United States,
Abstract Currents
The Centre For Performing & Visual Arts, 
Newnan, GA, United States,
Summer Focus
Torre de Juan Abad, 
Ciudad Real, Spain,
El humor en Quevedo
Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery, 
Morristown, NJ, United States,
Holy Lives
Speakeasy Art Gallery, 
Boonton, NJ, United States,
Munny Makers
Times Square Alliance and Chashama, 
Times Square, New York, NY, United States,
Art Takes Times Square
Folklore Museum of Tripotamos, 
Tinos, Greece,
Naples Museum of Art, 
Naples, FL, United States,
Francesca Arcilesi Gallery, 
NYC, NY, United States,
Take Me Home
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