The Pinsetter IV Original Mixed Media Painting

pinsetter4.jpg
pinsetteriv_web_straighton.jpg
pinsetteriv_web_sideview.jpg
pinsetter4.jpg
pinsetteriv_web_straighton.jpg
pinsetteriv_web_sideview.jpg
sold out

The Pinsetter IV Original Mixed Media Painting

2,600.00

24x48 inches
acrylic, watercolor paper, kraft paper, graphite on stained birch panel

The Jobs of Yesteryear series combines history and surrealism to tell the stories of obsolete jobs. A contemporary glimpse into the past, these mixed media paintings serve as a reminder of time and stories long forgotten.

This particular Job of Yesteryear mixed media painting features a pinsetter. Pinsetters combine the enjoyment of bowling with the intriguing history of the young men who set the pins. Pinsetters endured obvious hazards on the job, dodging pins and bowling balls hurled by mischievous men. They were often teenage boys, as the job was a low wage and part-time gig. The mechanical pinsetter, an incredibly clever machine invented back in 1936, eventually replaced the need to hire manual pinsetters, although there are still a few alleys in the US that still employ them.

The Pinsetter IV was created using only three colors of acrylic paint, which gives the work a monochromatic theme of warm greys and creams. Overall, it has the feel of a tattered black and white photograph steeped in history. The long-limbed pinsetter and his shovel are crafted using hundreds of hand-torn bits of kraft paper collaged on top of watercolor paper and painted with an acrylic wash. This unique process brings the pinsetter character to life and makes the forgotten job of pinsetting the focal point of the painting. The technology or innovation which ultimately led to the job becoming obsolete, the Brunswick A2, is depicted in the background. See an illustrated guide of my process here.

The Jobs of Yesteryear are thought-provoking conversation pieces that will bring an air of history and whimsy to any room.

Wood Panel Print >

Add To Cart