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Don Haggerty   Figurative Painting     Gallery VII


It was during a stay in Paris, summer of 2012,  that I found myself particularly struck by various pieces of stencil graffiti scattered throughout the city.

What really drew me in was the high-contrast boldness of the stencilized images and the crisp stencil lines combined with the beautiful and unpredictable soft edges caused by spray paint finding its way under the stencil edges. The stark visual strength of these pieces, together with the known speed and stealth with which such art is created, put my viewing experience right up there with the more “sanctioned” works of art I was able to view in slightly more controlled environments (i.e. the Louvre).

This experience led me to create stencilized versions of my own oil paintings, which has proven to be a perfect medium for reducing the subjects of my paintings to their iconic essence--a great exercise for any painter, and a particularly meaningful addition to my own explorations in art.

--Don Haggerty

   

                 

 

                       

                 

 

       

 

 

HERO

Let me teach you how to fly, to find your wings, to stretch them wide, to point them to the sky.

Let me teach you how to fly, to decipher up from down, to turn around your fear of heights, to fear instead the ground.

Let me teach you how to fly, to trust, to know, to leap, to find that what was thought a silly dream has become your soaring place.

Now let me teach you how to land, to touch your wheels down, so having learned the joy of flight, you’ll stand once more upon your feet and never doubt again.

-- Don Haggerty

                

                 

                  

                 

                 

 

                 

 

                 

 

                 

 

                 

 

                 

 

                 

 

        

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Every time I point my fingers at the moon,
something special happens
Aerosol on wood panel  12" x 12"
This feeling is as real as the flowers in my garden
Aerosol on wood panel  12" x 12"
HERO
Mixed Media  24" x 24"
What the world needs now is attitude,
sweet attitude
Aerosol on wood panel  12" x 9"
When she imagined the night, she got a
million stars, and the moon to boot
Aerosol on wood panel  12" x 9"
The weight of the world turned to feathers
when she kicked up her heels
Aerosol on wood panel  12" x 9"
Today’s forecast is sunny above the clouds, forever and ever
Aerosol on wood panel  12" x 9"
When she really thought about it, roman candles and
sparklers lit up the night sky
Aerosol on wood panel  12" x 12"
It just happens that I like pink lemonade,
and I like being me
Aerosol on wood panel  12" x 9"
After thinking it over, I’ve decided to
follow the fireflies
Aerosol on wood panel  12" x 9"
The edge of her light was her
sunny meadow
Aerosol on wood panel  18" x 12"
When I fly, the honey bees follow me
straight to the garden
Aerosol on wood panel  12" x 12"