Stick Ball Player (homage to Ben Shahn) 18 inches x 24 inches, oil on canvas, 2012

Stick Ball Player (homage to Ben Shahn) 18 inches x 24 inches, oil on canvas, 2012

This piece was finished at my previous painting space in Watertown, but was first given a view to the world at Open Studios at Joy Street in Somerville in May of 2013. What began as a moody portrait, and a further exploration of the theme of masks soon evolved into the figure of a boy which seemed to embody the spirt of Ben Shahn’s incredible New York street scenes from his lithographs.

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