"Art Giants in Detroit" is an homage to the dozen plus sturdy creative souls who have remained to work and contribute to the mostly hidden life of the community. These are individuals that I have observed for over 50 years whose persistence, and inner integrity have been a beacon to many countless younger artists. In the Detroit art community, they have grown to be regarded as giants.
I am humbled that they let me portray them.
These paintings follow a strict format of directly lit, emotionally neutral faces, no make up, looking at the viewer and cropped so that only eyes, nose and mouth fill the frame. The works are four feet square and made of urethane foam on a substrate of expanded styrene. All are painted with pigmented epoxy. Although they look like paintings, especially when photographed with a flash,
I regard them as sculptures because the surfaces are very dimensional.
In this aspect they are like reliefs but are unlike reliefs in that the three dimensional shapes
of the surface have no correlation to the painted facial features.
This is illustrated in the details of the McGee near the page bottom.