Today I’m going to begin what I expect will be a lengthy series of blog posts featuring paintings I have in inventory, and I’ll keep these posts together on the Eugene Knapik Paintings page here at 27th Street. Anyone interested in purchasing a painting, arranging a commission or simply chatting about the work can contact me directly by email. I have no immediate exhibitions planned so you can expect to see both new works fresh from the studio as well as a selection of works spanning back to the 80s, 90s, and into the 2000s.
The Things We Used To Do is part of series of encaustics (wax paintings) I made in 2015/2016 on shaped pieces of wood. I started by cutting the wood into various lengths, and cut each into rough capsule-shapes with a jigsaw. I then carved off the sharp edges so there would be a more or less smooth transition, making the entire visible part of the shape into picture plane.
I built the image up in layers, using a combination of pre-prepared encaustic colours as well as beeswax mixed with a small percentage of damar gum coloured with oil paints. I improvised the images as I built up and pulled back layers of encaustic, creating, re-shaping and destroying images as I worked in session after session on a few of these capsules at once.
At a certain point, this one reminded me of cave paintings and I enjoyed that. Sometimes as a painter I feel making marks puts me in touch with the first painters, using images to make some sense of the crazy world around us. I came up with the title Things We Used To Do, which obviously refers to some unspecified past, and at the same time alludes to the 1954 Guitar Slim blues, The Things that I used to Do. I’ll finish up this post with Guitar Slim’s original recording, from YouTube: