|4 VWs, 1971, Don Eddy. Car lots were a recurring theme in his early works.|
|Don Eddy with a work in progress,|
exposing the detailed under painting,
which is the first stage in each of
Don Eddy and I have quite a bit in common. We're roughly the same age. He was born in 1944, I was born almost a year later. We both have similar college degrees. We both like to paint shiny stuff. And, our style in painting, at least insofar as photo realism goes, is similar. There the similarities end. He's west-coast, I'm mid-western. Eddy became a professional painter right out of college in 1970. I began teaching in 1972, painting as time permitted, selling mostly locally. Don Eddy, is nationally known with major gallery representation (Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York). Me...not so much.
|G II, 1978, Don Eddy--Photorealism to the point of abstraction.|
|Dreamreader's Cabinet (detail),|
1985, Don Eddy.Photorealism
begins to drift toward Surrealism.
|Broken Dreams, 2012, Don Eddy--|
moving on to Photorealistic polyptychs.
|Place Bandit IV, 2009,|
If Photorealism sometimes flirts with abstraction, it very often does far more than flirt with it's cousin, Surrealism. They climb into bed together. Surrealism all but demands a technical prowess at least equal to that of Photorealism. However, it also demands a mind capable of divorcing itself from daily reality (and Realism) in search of a deeper, subconscious reality far more difficult to convey than even he most complex portrayal of transparent glassware on glass shelves fronting a mirrored wall. Dali had that knack. Eddy's Place Bandit IV (above, right) begins with the familiar, moves down to the less-so, then befuddles the mind, predisposed to recognition by the first two images, to do so with the third image. Moreover, recognizing that image is but a prelude to recognizing it in relation to the other two. This is not the "easy" art of Photorealism, but the challenging mental gymnastics of Surrealism and abstraction.
|After the Storms, 1993, Don Eddy. Is it real or is it memory?|