WHO AM I?

All works were begun mid January, 2021, and the very last ones were finished on July 30, 2021. 36 paintings.

WHO AM I?

I am the protagonist in every one of these rectangles. They are all self portraits.

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All images Copyright (C) Paul Fortunato 2021. All rights reserved.

BRUSH KILLER

acrylic on canvas

110.5 X 80.5 cm., 43.5 X 32 in.

 

 

DOWN

acrylic on canvas

116.5 X 91 cm., 46 X 36 in.

VULNERABLE

acrylic on canvas

116.5 X 91 cm., 46 X 36 in.

COFFIN NAILER

acrylic on canvas

109 X 95 cm., 43 X 37.25 in.

INSULATING RING OF LIGHT

acrylic on wood crate panel

109 X 81 cm., 43 X 31.75 in.

COMPOUND VISION

acrylic on wooden panel

109 X 72 cm., 43.25 X 28.25 in.

ECHO CHAMBER

acrylic on wooden crate panel

109 X 95 cm., 43 X 37.5 in.

COOLING TOWERS

acrylic on wooden crate panel

119.5 X 121 cm., 47 X 47.75 in.

ARIES

acrylic on linen

140 X 149.5 cm., 55.25 X 59 in.

BACCHUS

acrylic on linen

152 x 114 cm., 60 X 44.75 in.

SELF PORTRAIT WITH LOADED BRUSH

acrylic on linen

160 X 153 cm., 63 X 60 in.

I SEE THINGS IN OTHER THINGS

acrylic on linen

171 X 125 cm., 67 X 49 in.

EMOJI KILLER

acrylic on linen

124 X 170 cm., 49 X 67 in.

THE BRUSH OFF

acrylic on canvas

122 X 172 cm., 48 X 67.75 in.

MIGHTY DRYWALL TAPER

acrylic on canvas

155 X 140 cm., 61.25 X 55 in.

No! YES!

acrylic on canvas

106.5 X 160 cm., 42 X 63 in.

ARCHER (BABY ORANGUTANG)

acrylic on linen

99 X 134 cm., 39.25 X 53 in.

MIGHTY RABBIT

acrylic on linen

110.5 X 80.5 cm., 43.5 X 32 in.

NICE ASS

acrylic on linen

124.5 X 171 cm., 49 X 66.5 in.

ROADKILLER

acrylic on linen

167 X 125 cm., 76.5 X 65.5 in.

THE LOVE LOST CONSTELLATION

acrylic on canvas

194 X 166 cm., 76.5 X 65.5 in.

ANTEATER (SMART CITY)

acrylic on linen

217 X 135 cm., 85 X 53 in.

WET MARKET ESCAPE

acrylic on linen

152 X 185.5 cm., 60 X 73 in.

THE MARATHON RUNNER

acrylic on linen

108 x 218 cm., 43 X 86 in.

FAILING TO FORGET YOU (FOREVER IN MY HEART)

acrylic on linen

139 X 175 cm., 54.5 X 69 in.

UNTITLED (WORKAHOLIC)

acrylic on canvas

167 x 100 cm., 66 x 39.5 in.

OLD KOREAN LADY, RETURNING HOME

acrylic on linen

181.5 X 121 cm., 74 X 48 in.

FACE REMOVAL APP

acrylic on linen

152 X 201 cm., 60 X 79.5 in.

TAIL CHASER

acrylic on linen

152 X 171 cm., 60 X 67 in.

MEIN WAGEN

acrylic on linen

152 X 188 cm., 60 X 74 in.

ALREADY DEAD

acrylic on linen

172 X 224 cm., 66 X 88 in.

SIAMESE TWIN CENTAUR DROWNING HALF OF ITSELF

acrylic on linen

185 X 217 cm., 73.5 X 85 in.

HORSEFLY

acrylic on linen

167 X 266.5 cm., 66 X 105 in.

INFINITE GHARIAL

acrylic on linen

166 X 299 cm., 118 X 65.75 in.

RUFF ‘N’ READY

acrylic on linen

109.5 x 211 cm., 42.75 X 83 in.

JACKALOPE

acrylic on linen

167 X 208 cm., 66 X 83 in.

Hello all.

The year 2020 was a bad year for almost everyone, myself included. I stopped painting entirely and only got my game back since January 2021, after Joe Biden had officially won the presidential election. Since that time I have been working on my new block of paintings titled WHO AM I?

From June 22 to July 4, Will Pertz, a musician and digital sound installation artist, and myself are renting out the cavernous Daejeon Gallery, here in Daejeon, South Korea, for a 12 day ongoing live painting and music performance. During that time I will continue to work on ‘Who Am I?’, finish works, start new ones, and spread them all out to get a good look at all of it before it is finally documented by my photographer friend.

Also participating is Boon, a native Korean painter, and other artists are welcome to find a wall and create.

The gallery was formerly a gymnasium, part of a larger school complex built during the Japanese occupation. I will recreate the Ossining, New York studio experience, back in 2013, when I was able to run in what was a former Opera house. I will turn the gallery into a public studio, bringing all my equipment and supplies.

NEOSIMPLEXITY, Volume 2

The last set of paintings completed before relocating to an old farmhouse. My lockdown block, which, for this natural hermit, has already been a way of life. All created in the Republic of Korea.

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All works Copyright © 2020 Paul Fortunato, all rights reserved, no copying or use without express permission of the artist.

“I’M WARNING YOU………….”

2020

Acrylic on museum board

20 X 15 in., 50.5 X 38 cm.

IN ORDER TO LIVE, I HAD TO KILL MYSELF (redone and is now a new 2021 work)

2020

Acrylic, painting palettes, and pants on canvas

36 3/4 X 82 1/4 in, 93 X 209 cm.

LA GRANDE JATTE

2020

Acrylic on canvas

82 1/2 X 39 1/8 in., 209.5 X 99 cm

‘CAULDRON OF FIGHTING HUMANS’ PLATTER (painted over and is now a new 2021 work)

2020

Acrylic on canvas

48 X 74 in., 121.5 X 188 cm.

FEVERISH

2020

Acrylic on found painting on mulberry paper with silk border and laminated on wood.

35 1/4 X 36 1/2 in., 89 X 92 cm.

SCHOOL OF ATHENS

2020

Acrylic on canvas

48 X 74 in., 121.5 X 188 cm.

UNTITLED ( SELF PORTRAIT)

2020

Acrylic on canvas

56 X 28 1/4 in., 142 X 72 cm.

GIVE DEINOTHERIUM SOME ( painted over and is now a new 2021 work)

2020

Acrylic on canvas

42 3/4 X 83 in., 109.5 X 211 cm.

SELF PORTRAIT

2020

oil on canvas

21 1/2 X 16 1/4 in., 54 X 41 cm.

SHEEP FACE

2020

Acrylic on museum board

20 X 15 in., 50.5 X 38 cm.

TROUTNADO

2020

Acrylic on masonite

23 3/4 X 311/2 in., 60 X 80 cm.

“QUICK, GET OUT!”

2020

Acrylic and painting palette on masonite

16 X 20 in., 41 X 51 cm.

JAIR BOLSONARO THE FIRE BREATHING MONSTER

2020

Acrylic on wood

41 1/4 X 45 in., 102 X 114.5 cm.

STEGASAUR BURRO

2020

Acrylic on museum board

15 X 20 in., 38 X 50.5 cm.

WICKER TABLESAW

2020

Acrylic on museum board

20 X 15 in., 50.5 X 38 cm.

Study, After Caravaggio.

2020

oil on canvas

20 3/4 X 14 in., 53 X 36 cm.

Study, after Caravaggio.

2020

Colored pencil on black paper

21 1/4 X 15 3/8 in., 54 X 39 cm.

5 MINUTE MITCH McCONNELL

2020

Acrylic on watercolor paper

20 X 14 1/4 in., 50.5 X 36 cm.

BOOMERANG

2020

Acrylic on museum board

15 X 20 in., 38 X 50.5 cm.

ASSASSIN BUG

2020

Acrylic on wood

41 1/2 X 45 in., 105 X 114.5 cm.

NEOSIMPLEXITY AND THE SOUND OF COLOR

New 2019 Paintings Completed Just As The Year Ended.

Let’s call this Volume 1, as I am already at work on Volume 2, with a deeper exploration of similar themes. In this set, itself an expansion on SIMPLEXITY from earlier last year, I express my views on Environmentalism, the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Childhood Memories, Nature’s Revenge, Death by Bandwidth, and of course, Music. Where would humanity be without it, especially now, in these dark times? Where would I be, if I were not able to paint to it? In a hospital maybe, missing one or both ears. The family next door is completely unaware that I am blissfully losing my mind, taking on today’s big issues with a loaded brush. In the relative safety of my Sony MDR-RF985RK wireless stereo headphones, despite being within farting range of North Korea’s WMDs, nobody can touch me.

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All works acrylic on canvas.

Copyright © 2020 Paul Fortunato. All rights reserved.

IRISES 2

105.5 X 185.5 cm, 41.5 X 73 in.

THE BRIDGE

182.5 X 228 cm, 72 X 90 in.

TXTING WHILE CONCERT GOING

200 X 70 cm, 78 3/4 X 27 3/4 in

DADDY MOMMY

133 X 139.5 cm, 52 1/4 X 55 in

MY PHONE IS SO SMART

156.5 X 96 cm, 61 3/4 X 37 3/4 in

AIR GUITAR

147 X 195.5 cm, 58 X 77 in.

CHAMBERED ORCHESTRA (AQUAMETAL)

195.5 X 147.5 cm, 77 X 58 in.

MANTA SLOTH

Acrylic on canvas with attached painting palette.

180 X 100 cm, 71 X 39.5 in.

GIRL BAND

203 X 93 cm, 80 X 36 3/4 in.

MANTIS

54 X 129.5 cm, 21 1/4 X 51 in.

PLEASE SAY ‘NO’ TO FUR. THANK YOU.

182.5 X 228 cm, 72 X 90 in.

IT CAN BE.

54 x 104 cm, 21 1/4 X 41 in.

My retrospective in Busan, Korea: The whole show, from start to finish.

Here is the complete documentation of my solo exhibition installation at Miboo Art Center, Busan. The show occupies two floors. Photography and editing by master photographer and digital wizard Brian Sunghun Park.

Show ends August 30, 2019.

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THIRD FLOOR GALLERY

SECOND FLOOR GALLERY

This and next two images:

DRAW, YOU FUCKER! 2019 Acrylic and marker on found, partially melted, plastic file cabinet, 33 X 30 X 35 cm

PARACHUTE BRICK-DROP 2019 Brick, bicycle hub and spokes, steel can, 86 X 23 X 23 cm

HELICOPTER (loosely based on Boeing Apache) 2019, vacuum cleaner, wooden window blind blades, metal 41 X 113 X 77 cm

TWO SQUID 2018 Acrylic on drawing paper pad spines and paper Each squid approximately 153 cm long

THREE HONEYBEE HEADS 2015 Office chair parts. Each head 41 X 49 X 54 cm.

SINKING LIFE BOAT 2019 Acrylic and marker on rubberized floor tile section. The ‘water’ pattern preexisting in the material. 45 x 70 cm.

WALKING MAN 2019 Acrylic and marker on rubberized floor tile section. The ‘sky’ and ‘reflective water surface’ preexisting in the material. 74 X 116 cm.

HEAD WITH HAT 2018 Acrylic on wood, with chair sections, PVC, metal, electrical chord. 42 x 58 X 122 cm.

EL GORDO DUCHAMPO (title by Brian Sullivan) 2019 Wood, children’s bicycle wheel, children’s stool. 69 x 31 X 31 cm.

DAMSELFLY HEAD 2019 Honeybee hive panels, car lamps, car logo, car grills, fallen cat whiskers, mannequin scalp, acrylic. 50 x 150 X 97 cm.