Saturday, August 29, 2009


I created this image inspired by a short story in the Atlantic Monthly by Jill McCorkle entitled "P.S." The story is written in the form of a wife's letter to her marriage counselor after her separation from her husband. She discusses her drifting away from husband and children and her realizations about her previous living situation. She confesses her constant feeling of nothingness, in which she manages to find comfort in the discomfort of reality.

In other news, my friend and former teacher, Sterling Clinton Hundley is having his premier solo exhibition this week at Ghostprint Gallery in Richmond, VA. Anybody that can should try and come by and check out the beautiful work. This will not be one to miss out on.

August 14, 2009, Richmond, VA . . . The solo show of painter Sterling Clinton Hundley debuts at Ghostprint Gallery on September 4, 2009.
Hundley’s new body of work, entitled [i]Emergent[/i], evolves from his noted career in illustration. His title derives from the scientific term emergent, referring to the process of complex systems that are composed of lesser parts.
Hundley’s creative process begins with a 3" x 3" monotype, which he then develops into a sequence of progressively larger and more complex works based on a grid of square panels. The new works use radically different techniques while further revealing Hundley’s intense skill as a conceptual image-maker. The images are suffused with his signature wit and layered meanings.
Says Hundley, “I navigate the gauntlet of abstraction to arrive just this side of representational.”
Hundley’s honors include three gold and two silver medals from the New York-based Society of Illustrators. In addition, from 2006-2008 , his work received more awards from his peers than any other illustrator in the U.S.
His clients have included Richmond Magazine, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The L.A. Times, Atlantic Monthly, Entertainment Weekly, G Q, and The Washington Post as well as prominent theater companies. One of his paintings accompanied by an original story, has been reproduced on the final page of Virginia Living for several years.
Hundley is a Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at VCU in Richmond, Virginia and a core instructor at the Illustration Academy, which is currently held on the campus of Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.
Information on the development of Hundley’s new paintings is available at his blog: www.sterlingclintonhundley.blogspot.com
[i]Emergent[/i] continues at the Ghostprint Gallery through September 26, 2009.

Friday, August 14, 2009

two more

These two paintings were done this past semester. The first one is a mock up poster for Lorraine Hansbury's A Raisin in the Sun. The second piece was done for a short fictional story in the Atlantic Monthly entitled The Return of the Grey Badger. It is about two bothers on the run trying to make money by racing with a stolen horse in order to bail their bank robbing father out of prison.


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