Side #A…JEAN ARP 2016-17 © inspired by:- photographer not known (black & white); oil pastel, color pencils ON PAPER  49.5” x 73.5” [125.73 cm x 186.69 cm]

Side #A…JEAN ARP 2016-17 © inspired by:- photographer not known (black & white); oil pastel, color pencils ON PAPER  49.5” x 73.5” [125.73 cm x 186.69 cm]

Side #B…JEAN ARP 2016-17 © inspired by:- photographer not known (black & white); oil pastel, color pencils ON PAPER  49.5” x 73.5”  [125.73 cm x 186.69 cm]

Side #B…JEAN ARP 2016-17 © inspired by:- photographer not known (black & white); oil pastel, color pencils ON PAPER  49.5” x 73.5”  [125.73 cm x 186.69 cm]

The sensual forms of Jean Arp, Sophie Taeuber Arp and Constantin Brâncuși’s art appeal to Gary’s focus on the human form, especially of the facial three dimensional structures of his current portraits.  These structures break into abstract shapes that can be discerned and seen individually.

With early involvement in life drawing, the edges of the form began to captivate Gary’s thinking.  Seen as a line that could create clear visual definition, Gary began to integrate line into his work.  Followed by Gary's work  in ceramics, the third dimension developed into an important part of his drawing philosophy.   

Gary learned from Arp to accept chance as a way to release his creativity from rational and traditional controls.

The drawing above is two sided and hangs independently off the wall.  Gary calls it a sculpture, however the third dimension is only implied.

Jean Arp pHOTOGRAPHER: UNKNOWN

Jean Arp pHOTOGRAPHER: UNKNOWN

Jean Arp in his studio

Jean Arp in his studio

Constantin Brâncuși "MADAME POGANY" 1913

Constantin Brâncuși "MADAME POGANY" 1913

Piece by Jean Arp; photographer and title unknown

Piece by Jean Arp; photographer and title unknown

SOPHIE TAUBER ARP "TURNED WOOD SCULPTURE( EN BOIS TOURNE )YALE UNIVERSITY

SOPHIE TAUBER ARP "TURNED WOOD SCULPTURE( EN BOIS TOURNE )YALE UNIVERSITY

Piece by Jean Arp; photographer and title unknown

Piece by Jean Arp; photographer and title unknown

Sophie and Erika Taeuber (Hopi Indian Costumes) 

Sophie and Erika Taeuber (Hopi Indian Costumes)