The Pastry Chef. 30" x 24". Acrylic on canvas. My grandfather applies the finishing touches to a crown-shaped cake in honour of George the fifth’s coronation in 1937. Beside him on the floor is an accordion reflective of his fun loving “party guy" spirit. On the wall behind him is a Soviet propaganda poster extolling the benefits of collective farming, a reference to his radical past. A pair of muddy army boots betrays his desertion from the Lithuanian army.
Waiting. 24" x 20". Acrylic on canvas. Three children stand by the road side, not ready to cross. Discomfort and malaise informs their expressions. Behind them, beyond the cliff side, lies the vast ocean. In the distance a whale breaks the waves. Does this portend the thing they are waiting for?
Saturday Morning with Dieffenbachia. 36" x 24". Acrylic on canvas. Four siblings pose for a professional photographer. They are dressed in their "Sunday best". Only this is Saturday, and the setting is their living room. A Dieffenbachia house plant partially frames them on the left. Everyone had a dieffenbachia back then.
Pontiac Laurentian. 24" x 48". Acrylic on canvas. This diptych contains 2 similar images of a partial side view of the same 1958 Pontiac, taken on different days. A different child poses in each, holding the side door handle. Are these snapshots of the children, or of the car?
Wading Pool, Val Morin Quebec. 36" x 48". Acrylic on canvas. They sit in their soaking white underwear, expressing various degrees of discontent. It is summer. They are supposed to be happy.
The Pickle. 30" x 40". Acrylic on canvas. Although on closer inspection, only my grandfather has food in front of him. Steak and fries. A seltzer bottle. A bread basket. And a large kosher dill on a plate. She sits staring forward, her hands clasped together. Her purse and crumpled tissue sit on the table in front of her. He seems oblivious to her needs, but what are they?
Bill’s Fish. 16" x 20". Acrylic on canvas board. A close up of fresh whole fish on a bed of crushed ice. The different colours of each species is almost primary, making it an exercise in colour field theory. The fish of course can't appreciate any of this.