A few weeks ago I showed some of the NOTAN studies for my next series of paintings. If you recall, this is where the artist breaks the composition down to black and white abstract shapes. This is the first painting in that new series.
Intimate Spaces, Breaking Bread is a rather ironic title for the series considering the times we are currently living in. However, this series was planned out in December, long before we knew what the pandemic would do to our socializing. No more public meals, family gatherings, etc.
So it only appropriate that the first painting is titled Alone. The lone figure, distanced in the deserted restaurant. The hard back lighting and reflections on the tables and chairs. The even more ironic title of the sign inviting him to “Join” the team. The painting evokes the feeling of loneliness, being alone, as in Hopper’s Nighthawks and some of his other paintings of solitary figures. Even though there are some quite bright colors in the painting, the main palette is subdued, echoing the feeling of being alone.