Tantalus original Abstract Urban Expressionism oil on canvas

Tantalus original Abstract Urban Expressionism oil on canvas



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oil on canvas


Oil on Canvas, 2012
103" x 49"
Urban Expressionism

**This painting is very large and will come unstretched, unless you live close enough or can otherwise arrange for for local delivery.**

"I'm inspired by graffiti, pictoglyphs, medieval tapestries and busy Futurist manuals, and work layers of bright color until characters emerge from a landscape. This large piece became dark and mythological and reminded me of all the characters of the underworld, including Tantalus."


original oil on canvas, NO REPRODUCTIONS

Arthur Simon is an actor, artist and activist in Austin, Texas. Drawing from expressive lines and blasts of color, he assembles abstracted shapes before aligning them with memory math and myth, resisting interpretation for as long as possible. Cadmium yellows and cobalt blues surface through storied and sometimes textured layers of cool grey and warm metallic oil paints, in twisted nods to abstract expressionist artists Roberto Matta and Hassel Smith. Arthur has been on the annual East Austin Studio Tour for over a decade and has been a finalist for the Hunting Art Prize for his abstract expressionist paintings.

Arthur graduated in Theatre from Oberlin College, studied improvisation at Chicago’s Improv Olympic and co-founded ColdTowne Theater following Hurricane Katrina. As founder of arts and technology collective Bot Party, Arthur has collaborated through Fusebox Festival’s Machine Shop series with social robotics engineers and programmers from Carnegie Mellon and MIT. His robots Annabelle and Dr. Head have been featured in Engadget, Wired Italy, SXSW Interactive and received Maker of Merit awards from Austin MakerFaire.

As a film and television actor, Arthur has appeared in works ranging from Big Momma’s House 2 to Friday Night Lights to Parkland. As an instructor he has run improvisation workshops for multiple Fortune 500 companies as well as high schools, University of Texas Fine Arts, the Contemporary Austin and Dell Medical School, where he works as a training specialist.

All artwork has a gloss varnish, original oil on canvas, NO REPRODUCTIONS. Comes framed and ready to hang.

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Reviewed by Anonymous Mar 21, 2011

3 out of 5 stars
I received your email thanking me for my purchase on March 4, 2011. Is it able to be shipped at present or still in the process of setting up? Not trying to rush but the kids will be in on Wednesday and only staying a couple of weeks here, if that. Thanks, Arthur. :)

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Reviewed by Anonymous Jan 21, 2011

5 out of 5 stars
This one is amazing, too!

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Reviewed by Anonymous Jan 21, 2011

5 out of 5 stars
Hubby's favorite!

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Reviewed by Anonymous Jan 21, 2011

5 out of 5 stars
Love the colors in this little gem!

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