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 times and stories long forgotten.
Each painting is created using only three colors of acrylic paint giving it a historical monochromatic tone and creating the feeling of a tattered black and white photograph. The long-limbed characters and their tools are crafted using hundreds of hand-torn bits of kraft paper, which I collage on top of watercolor paper and paint with an acrylic wash. This unique process brings the character to life and makes the forgotten jobs the focal point of each painting. In addition, the technology or innovation that ultimately led to the job becoming obsolete is subtly included in each painting.An illustrated guide to my process can be found here.
The Jobs of Yesteryear are thought-provoking, conversation pieces that will bring of an air of history and whimsy to any room.