I'm an oil painter based in Chicago. When I'm not painting, I'm working – also creatively – as a designer and programmer.
Although I work on several different types of paintings, the series featured on this website is called "Bubbles & Blurs". This style combines my interest in the art of several different eras and the techniques and imagery associated with each. Early cubism is an influence, with the obvious exception that I break the images apart with circles rather than angles. I've also long admired artists like Chuck Close and David Hockney and my work reflects the influence of some of their own fractured-image pieces.
Where I differ from these artists is in style and choice of subject matter, which has more to do with my interest in the Italian Renaissance and Baroque era. The pieces I call "blurs" are an extension of the "bubble" works, but instead of breaking the image up with circles I paint some areas very precisely but apply a painterly obscuring, or blurring, to other sections. The aim in making this work is to create paintings that feel modern but incorporate aspects of the color palettes and flowing compositions of art from much earlier eras.
Photo of James Parenti by Doug Birkenheuer