New paintings of California by Los Angeles-based visual artist Bradley Hankey. Each of the paintings captures a different type of light which began as a photo captured from his smart phone. While the subject matter is an important part of his work, Hankey states that the painting process for him is ultimately about color. Much of his time is spent mixing paint—contrasting flat planes with more complicated color schemes—and employing thin, transparent glazes that gives his paintings a luminous quality.
My paintings begin as photographs taken with my smartphone—my way of quickly referencing the beautiful moments I see every day. I review my many images to determine which ones will become paintings. The images that become paintings are often places I see regularly—the silhouette of palm trees from the freeway; the downtown skyline; the mountains and the ocean. Sometimes I see something so intensely gorgeous that I immediately know I have to paint it—the sunrise reflecting on the wing of a plane; the city lights from a downtown bar; a piece of plastic shining in the sun. My work references themes of nature and man.On view at Skidmore Contemporary Art through October 15.