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09th Sep 2011

Basic Sunflower Portrait

Basic Sunflower Portrait is another artwork in my continuing investigation of black )on white background) vs. color  strokes to create portraits of people, places, flora, fauna and things (like USA currency bills).

I have been told since I first entered the High School of Music and Art that color is one of my strong suits. Making images without color is like being on a severe diet or fast, it almost physically hurt when I began with the first Essence Portrait, which was of Andy Warhol several years ago.

Even when I have studied art or made sketches I always envision the color I will be adding eventually. Now with the Basic Essence Portraits and images (you can see this as a portrait of a sunflower, I am concentrating of creating works in black and white that can stand on their own, without color, but to which color can be added.

As a school girl, before I began any formal art education, I hung out a lot in the great museums and galleries of NYC, where I “discovered” van Gogh and Rouault, both who often outline their forms in a dark color. Later Warhol’s silk-screens, with their strong black images and colored paints added their influence.

My Essence Portrait works take a next step as while my black strokes are also used to physically define the form(s) of the image they are the very importance of it due to their symbols, which are always the original Torah font letters of a Bible text. For me, the strokes are always paramount. Strokes are the intrinsic and essential reality of any painting, and that emulates the reality that pre-particles or energy is the intrinsic and essential reality of our physical universe.

Watch for a new version — in color — of this image coming soon to this blog.

Basic Sunflower Portrait (Proverbs 31:10-31 – A Woman of Valor)

By Judy Rey Wasserman

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02nd Sep 2011

USA Money Flag I

USA Money Flag I, is created using strokes that are the original letters of Exodus 20, plus Leviticus 19 for the portrait of Alexander Hamilton and Proverbs 13 for the portrait of Benjamin Franklin. At the moment this is an original tradigital print combining artworks that were created by hand and scanned in on a professional scanner then combined and manipulated digitally.

This pigment ink painting features original artwork by Judy Rey Wasserman of all six USA currency bills currently issued by the U.S. Treasury in an American Flag, stars and stripes image.

USA Money Flag I visually explores and represents the current focus, problems and even dilemmas that face the USA as we continue to create a unique national identity during the ongoing recession and money problems that include the bailouts, unemployment, fraudulent practices by many of its major banks in relation to foreclosures and mortgage securities.

A version that combines acrylic paint with the hand drawn printed pigment ink currency bills is planned for canvas. This 16 x 24 inch original pigment ink painting on paper is a signed limited edition of 150. This is a study and version for the very much larger work, which will use life size currency. [For more information, including closes-ups of the work, dealers, collectors and press can contact the artist through her website at http://ungravenimage.com, follow and message her on Twitter: @judyrey or Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/judyreywasserman .]

USA Money Flag I, 2011 by Judy Rey Wasserman

Another original artwork from Judy Rey Wasserman’s the In God We Trust series, which features money, was shown in the Green Holly Greetings blog, depicting a variation on her basic one dollar bill, and again in the Vote 2010 blog. However, the Essence Portraits of Presidents (using the original letters of Exodus 20) of George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Grover Cleveland, plus the Essence Portraits of Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton have all been previously featured in blogs and most may ve seen in the You Tube video, “Essence Portraits, The Art of Seeing The Divine in Ourselves and Others” “Essence Portraits, The Art of Seeing The Divine in Ourselves and Others” . To see close ups and purchase an open edition print of the George Washington Essence portrait Click http://estore.artofseeingthedivine.com

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke. Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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