My abstract paintings are based on details of my buildings
and my sculptures.
In the case of the building, a corner view is selected
to show the intersection of colors and adjacent shadows. The colors
are selected to be representative of the area; the barn red,
the white of the village-green, the Cape Cod yellow of
New England, and the pale adobe colors of New Mexico.
the shadows are included to induce the third dimension.
The paintings are generated from my architectural
have been surveyed
Colored paper maquettes are made to study the proportions and
color relationships. From these paper studies, candidates are culled
to be enlarged into paintings. A single building may result in
several paintings, which depict its diverse features.
also generated from my sculptures. The sides are colored to convey
a concept and to represent a particular
locale. The sculpture becomes a mandrel, or mannequin, onto which
the color system is applied.
The materials of the paintings are hardboard,
also called Masonite, and flat interior Benjamin Moore latex
paint. The sturdiness recalls
the construction of the subjects. The painting is held off the
wall three quarters of an inch by the wood 'strainer' on the
back. This stiffens the one-eighth inch thick hardboard and supports
the hanging wire. The fabrication results in a reveal and a
Malcolm Montague Davis