Progress of a Painting

Occasionally I will use this page to include photos of a particular painting in several steps, from inception through completion. Hopefully you may appreciate how I build the imagery in layers, often beginning with a pencil or ink drawing and then subsequently building it up through thin glazes of paint. The artwork is photographed in various stages to reveal its completion. Viewing the different stages could create a deeper interest into the process of art making.

app 2 pick a mask 2

"Each phase of "app 2 pick a mask 2" functions as a complete work of art in and of itself. The first phase offers a white foreground and a violet background that is reminiscent of the pure abstract and expressive compositions of Robert Motherwell. As more information begins to define and articulate the broad abstract shapes into features, characteristics, and forms, the image assumes the appearance of a cartoon-image, i.e., the Phantom, Terry and the Pirates, Superman or Batman. Then as the painting edges toward full representation, it reveals a 'Navar!' " - Dr. José Rodeiro Art Editor, "RAGAZINE CC"

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    "app 2 pick a mask 2"
    acrylic, pencils, ink and oil on paper
    © 2013 Gabriel Navar

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  • app 2 pick a mask 2
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  • app 2 pick a mask 2

app 2 adjust attitudes

The second painting is titled "app 2 adjust attitudes" and is simply a sort of nostalgic "homage" to my childhood memories of being an Oakland Athletics fan. Here you may view a few steps (including a detail) before the finished painting (I decided to include myself in the progress of preparing the completed painting). The young man with attitude is extending his arm... perhaps he is suggesting that one "holds on" while he acknowledges a text from Oakland A's legend Rickey Henderson.

app 4 human interacting 3

The second painting is "app 4 human interacting 3". It is the third of "app 4 human interacting" series featuring a couple "engaging" with one another in our age of instant information and quick gratification. One of the persons seems to desperately get the other person's attention while the other is engrossed with smart phone. This painting continues to express my interest in the dichotomy between the constant connectivity and "24/7" social media availability, versus the lack of actual interaction between persons (including while they are standing next to each other).

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    "app 4 human interacting 3"
    acrylic and oil on paper
    © 2013 Gabriel Navar

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  • app 4 human interacting 3

app 4 dreaming in code

The third painting is titled "app 4 dreaming in code". This is a painting from my app series where I propose the phenomenon of continuing the code writing and thinking process even while one is asleep and dreaming. Imagine that! No rest for the mind.... wow... could be a blessing or a nightmare (!?).

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    "app 4 dreaming in code"
    acrylic and oil on paper
    © 2011 Gabriel Navar

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  • app 4 dreaming in code

app 4 green progress

The fourth painting is titled "app 4 green progress". It was my second painting in the Sesame Street Characters series featuring Kermit the Frog. I incorporated "La Mano" (The Hand) from the Mexican Loteria game... this seemingly simple, yet powerful and symbolic card (card number 21).

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    "app 4 green progress"
    acrylic, pencils, ink and oil on paper
    © 2012 Gabriel Navar

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  • app 4 green progress

app 4 unlabotimizing

The las painting is titled "app 4 unlabotimizing" and was inspired by my observations of the ubiquitous usages and dependence of "smart" gadgets; Who is monitoring, leading, controlling, manipulating who? The painting is a sort of parody about being aware about how "zombified" and "labotimized" one may become if our technological attachments and dependencies "take the better of us".

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    "app 4 unlabotimizing"
    acrylic and oil on board
    © 2011 Gabriel Navar

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  • app 4 unlabotimizing

Painting Galleries

Visit my Painting Galleries: navar For over twenty years, image-making for me has been a passion and avenue for exploring experiences, dreams and preoccupations, including issues of our dependence on technology, consumer culture, relationships, spirituality, politics, and the human "theatre". The paintings are arranged into different galleries, grouped, chronologically (the earliest from 1993 and spanning into the present) and "themes", especially when I find myself working in a series of paintings inspired from my life experiences, memories, nostalgia and personal interest, for example multi-generational, cross-cultural, popular consumer-based iconography and imagery, such as Chespirito, the Morton Salt Girl, muppets from Sesame Street, the Mexican Loteria, and Art History Homages.