Description: In a series of paintings called "Printed Matter Redesigned", Michael Eastman uses his commercial art background to vastly improve print media. In this case the subject is a Natural History Museum exhibition placard. View text detail. The reptilian subject is somehow less threatening than his "LVL" title implies. View large venomous lizard detail. This painting shows how Michael Eastman uses words, numbers and figures as abstract elements and sometimes for their meaning as well. This painter expects the viewer to use eyes and intellect to discern whether a word or number is a message or simply a mark. Eastman's handling of color and paint surface is always fascinating; note how the red underlining the number 2 nearly pops off the canvas. View paint surface detail.|
Since Michael Eastman enjoys aping the look of naive art, we place him in that category. But, Eastman's approach to his work is cerebral, often witty, and quite abstract--not at all the urgent, direct attitude typical of a naïf or outsider artist. Visit the Tribeca studio of Michael Eastman whose work is included in the collection of Hirshhorn Museum (Washington,DC) and the Mauntner-Markof Collection (Vienna, Austria).
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