Thursday, April 10, 2008

Born To Be Wild!!!!





I'm 61 years of age with no bodily piercing or tattoos, and I would never, ever be caught dead on a Harley. They scare me. But they are great, and I like their riders. These are monochromatic watercolors I did on 140lb cold press (no, I NEVER stretch or tape down my paper). The style was inspired by a 20th century chinese painter who worked from the 30's to about the early 70's. His black and white and minimalist color ink paintings were mostly of contemporary urban scenes. I paid $3 for his book in a used book store about 3 years ago.

(Bikers don't cotton to things foreign. That's why I have my quasi-chinese chop {not chopper!} and the Old Glory)

18 comments:

rob ijbema said...

excellent,gotta love those choppers
good variation in edges en great movement too,admire the economical brush strokes

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks for visiting Rob. Did you find me off the comments page on Cooper's blog? I'm wowed by your daily race car blog...good show!

silvina said...

Excellent! Ditto everything that Rob I. said. I've always liked Chinese and Japanese art. Top one is my fav.

Leslie Sealey said...

First time on your blog here...your biker paintings
are wonderful! I found you via Jason Waskey's blog.
Who is the Chinese painter you refer to?
Keep up the good work, these are awesome paintings.

David Lobenberg said...

Top one is my fav. too Silvina. Glad you like them.

David Lobenberg said...

Small web/blog world, Leslie. I think almost a year ago I happened upon your website (I think it was), and was impressed with the spoon/face reflection paintings. I even put a few into my iphoto collection. And now, here you are commenting on my bad boys on bikes. I left a few remarks on your blog, and will definetly pay some more visits. The Chinese painter that inspired these watercolors is Chang Chien. The book is "Chang Chien Paintings" printed and I guess imported from China. It would be interesting to google him. Thanks for visiting!

David Lobenberg said...

Correction for Leslie's eyes only. TOP SECRET!
Leslie: I spelled his name wrong. It's Chang Chieh.

Jared Shear said...

Love these bikers David! The ink really helps to capture the energy and that "wild" attitude that seems to be inherent in bikers. These are alive, whereas the portrait you did of the kid feels feels lifeless....especially compared next to these. But I think subject matter has a lot to do with it as well.

David Lobenberg said...

Glad you like them Jared. Yea, can't compare subject matters, and I needed to take into consideration the grandparents with Ian's portrait. What I need are more edgy clients living on the fringe...do they spend much money on art?

Leslie Sealey said...

THANKS David! : )
I was finding painters with similar names, but not connecting the work with the inspiration!

Clive said...

Love, just love, the paintings, but I hate Harley's. God, what a frikkin' racket they make. Can't understand the urge to make so much noise, only explanation I have ever heard to account for it is a desire to draw attention to themselves and be seen in public with a large throbbing object between the legs. Underlying insecurity about penis size, of course. With gas so cheap, theres goes your peace and quiet...

David Lobenberg said...

Clive: Some of the sweetest people are Harley riders, but...you're right!...they like to be seen in public with a throbbing object between their legs! But here's where you're dead wrong, Clive...Harley sales are down by 25%! I know that's not nearly the percentage rate you'd like to see, but it's a start.

Jason Waskey said...

I love these, David! Great gesture and abstraction.

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks Jason!

william wray said...

What an original apprioach to this subject! Love them!

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks William! I always appreciate a comment from the talented Painter of Blight.

Nick said...

I really like those, what a totally unexpected subject for the style - esp. with a Harley instead of a riceburner. But Harleys (and the English bikes) have all the style. Man you captured that second guy perfectly, and the third one almost looks like Capt. American. Live to Ride!

David Lobenberg said...

Hey Nick: Thanks for the kind words. I was never able to market these very well. They languish in my studio. If ya know of anyone who might be interested, let me know. One of these days, I may sell via the internet. Again, thanks for the words, and, at the risk of being redundant, you do some great art work.