Tracy Boyd: Dick

Posted on October 05, 2012, 12:13 am
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Slide Knowing my interest in political portrait work, a friend recently gifted me some incredibly heavy Army engine tarp. It took some time and thought to decide how I would best honor it. Working with such weathered, heavy material would require me to use different technique and skill than working with canvas that I typically paint on.

I decided to initially use charcoal to lay the image out, and—as you can see in the photos—I developed a system using bottles filled with latex house paint which I could carefully apply to the Army tarp. Ironically, even though the materials I’m using are more rough, my process continues to be loose, working between charcoal, water and the paint. Ultimately, to finish them, I used stencils if I felt it was needed and spray paint. The result is a thoughtful representation of major players connected to our military and political experience in recent years.

Artist Tracy Boyd

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Dick by Tracy Boyd Mixed Media on Tarp 2012

“Dick” by Tracy Boyd, 2012
Mixed media on tarp [60 x 60]
Image courtesy of the artist

T.s. Flock is a writer and arts critic based in Seattle and co-founder of Vanguard Seattle.

One Response to: Tracy Boyd: Dick

  1. Juan

    October 13th, 2012

    I love Tracy’s work. And Tracy.