Art > EMOJI Paintings (2017)

The Bomb
8x10 inches
2019
T-bone Steak Emoji
Oil on Canvas
2018
Hambone
Oil on Canvas
2018
Eggplant Emoji
Oil on Canvas
2017
Ice Cream Emoji
Oil on Canvas
2018
Peach Emoji
Oil on Canvas
2018
Peach in Studio
Oil on Canvas
2017
Hotdog Emoji (detail)
Oil on Canvas
2018
Poop Emoji
Oil on Canvas
2018
Lightening Bolt Emoji
Oil on Canvas
2018
Poodle Emoji
Oil on Canvas
2018
Wind Emoji
Oil on Canvas
2018
Racehorse Emoji (2018)
Oil on Canvas
2018
Racehorse Emoji (detail)
Oil on Canvas
2018

Although the medium that’s gained me national attention is photography, I’ve been painting under various pseudonyms—Gar, Neon, and Charro Dorado—for more than twenty years (now’s the time to check your walls for those insignias). The EMOJIpaintings make up a witty, high-energy portrait series that elevates visual symbols we use on a daily basis to high art. The objects themselves are already loaded with symbolic meaning, and I’m present as an artist only in the composition and the brushstrokes.