“From the Depths of OB” | 15” x 24” | oil, acrylic & spray paint on wood & steel panels // Some pieces are harder to let go of than others. I delivered this commission down in Ocean Beach (OB), San Diego this past weekend. On the surface it might be seen as just a painting of an old He-man figure, however the piece holds a bit more meaning. I used to live a block off the pier in OB so this commission became more personal. The steel plate in the middle represents OB Pier. The off-white background on the left symbolizes the beach, with the gradient of the sunset radiating from the right. Then *from the depths* of the Pacific a sea creature emerges (vintage Mer-man), which is simultaneously a nod to the sea, the antique stores that dot Newport Ave leading up to the boardwalk, and the weirdness that permeates the culture of OB. It is an attempt to pay homage to a place and vibe from a less literal and more symbolic perspective. .
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