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Figurative Abstract Paintings by Rodney E. Denne

Posted on: March 18th, 2022 by Art Leaders No Comments

Artist Spotlight

Detroit Artist Rodney E. Denne (RED)

Rodney Denne is a Detroit artist, known for creating dynamic figurative abstract paintings. Denne creates large bodies of work using both bold, vibrant colors and thick mono-chromatic texture. In his collage and more colorful works, he adds imagery of cars, nature, robotics, and the human body to symbolize grounding. However, in his highly textured black and white paintings, bold abstract figure-like shapes juxtapose delicate background patterns. Through this process, immersive concepts emerge in his paintings. As a result, Denne’s work brings interest, vibrancy, and thoughtfulness into our lives. Denne expresses, “I am nature; a part of all things. I feel my art must come from within.”

Painting Process  

Denne creates his dramatic pieces with oil sticks and various other medium. This allows him to produce expressive line work and unique imagery. Similarly, in his collage works, he layers a variety of mediums. Subsequently, the layers create a depth that is unique to his work alone. In his own words, “I work on both painting styles at one time. I’m divided by the figure and color, as well as black and white. I find the need to fulfill both desires in the creation of my paintings.”

 


 

Heavy With Welcome by Rodney E. Denne

Heavy with Welcome by Rodney E. Denne

Past and Present

Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1971, Denne was drawn to art at the age of four. Memories of his years of service in the US Air Force influence his work. After serving in the military, Denne studied under artist Bob Jacobson. Later, he received a BA in Art and Religious Studies from Saint Mary’s College of California. Later, he then gained gallery representation at the age of 27. He describes himself as an abstract expressionist and a contemporary figure painter. His mid-century modern style infuses with his personal experiences to create dramatic compositions. His emotional, large-scaled figures encapsulate viewers through their textural patterns. Accordingly, each painting has a title that reflects a personal connection to Denne’s past and present.

Furthermore, he claims to be a product of urban and suburban environments. In effect, such duality is infused in his work. Denne states, “Within the background of my paintings, I use the images and words of mysticism, religion, myth and the Divine unknown.” He draws influence from the mid-century European art movement COBRA. In addition, his work also falls in line with artists such as Paul Klee, Franz Klein, Bob Thompson, CY Twombly, Jean-Michael Basquiat, Pablo Picasso, and William De-Kooning.

The works of art that give Denne international recognition reside in select fine art galleries and private collections throughout the United Sates as well as Europe. You can stay up to date with his latest works by following our Facebook or Instagram page

 

Exposed by Rodney Denne (RED)

Exposed by Rodney E. Denne (RED)

Figurative Abstract Commissions

Rodney E. Denne uses unique methods to convey strong statements in his figurative abstract paintings. Denne offers custom commissions for clients. These striking paintings work well with a variety of decor. A bold colorful painting will liven up your space. Conversely, a more neutral black and white painting adds texture to your space. In essence, Denne will be sure to create something remarkable for you. Currently, Denne’s work is available exclusively through Art Leaders Gallery

Family Triptych by Rodney E. Denne

 

Craig Alan’s Populus: People Making People

Posted on: February 21st, 2019 by Art Leaders No Comments

Craig Alan’s Populus: People Making People

Despite the title’s multiple meanings, I am of course referring to Craig Alan’s ‘Populus’ figurative artwork series at Art Leaders Gallery. His artwork has captured the attention of many in the past decade. Check out this News Article of his latest public art piece in Atlanta, Georgia!

Each painting reads as a portrait from a distance– often a celebrity or known public figure. When you approach the work and look closely, you start to understand that each line and detail making up the portrait is an individual of their very own. Above all, the figures that make up these portraits are always unique. They interact in a world within the depiction of another a human being! In other words, he makes people made from people!

Alan’s Inspiration

Craig Alan’s inspiration behind the series began after he started taking photographs from his mother’s condo balcony. He captured the ever-changing crowds from a distance. As a result, a pattern began to form of a human eye in the lens of his camera. “This started my creative wheels turning,” Craig explains. Everything after that I suppose is history!

Craig Alan's Populus Series Hope Around The Corner featuring mini figures gathering around the letters HOPE available at Art Leaders Gallery

Hope Around the Corner by Craig Alan

 

Craig Alan believes that individuals need to work together for the greater good of the community. Therefore, his pieces have a general sense of community, positivity, and hope. He believes we are all small pieces of one large puzzle. Consequently, he wants viewers to be able to see themselves in each one of his pieces. As a result, his artwork is customizable with unique figures of your choice.

Populus Process

Craig Alan adding custom details to a piece of artwork from his Populus series.

Craig Alan hand painting ‘The Crossover’ details.

Firstly, Craig Alan meticulously makes stencils for each one of the tiny figures that makes up each of his larger images. Secondly, he then uses these stencils to spray paint each figure individually onto the canvas to create a larger image. After that, each figure is hand painted to include their unique qualities.

Watch this video for an in depth look at Craig Alan’s Populus Process. 

Craig has been expanding his figurative artwork series, which is gaining more and more recognition. In addition to public art, he offers originals, commissioned mixed media work, and has recently released a new limited-edition line on canvas! Craig now works in three different artwork classifications; Original, Mixed Media, and Limited Edition. His new limited-edition works are a signed & numbered edition of 75 giclée’s on canvas. His mixed media on wood is his most popular genre of work. They are available for commissions and are customizable in size, color, and details. Clients have asked him to add in their names, certain figures, their own portrait, etc. His original paintings are where the limits are fairly endless. Collectors can commission a Craig Alan original of their own face in the Populus style if desired.

Stay tuned and let Art Leaders Gallery be your go-to resource for all things new with Craig Alan!

 

 

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