I create my work with the elements of nature: wood, fire, water, and uncertainty. Working with these basic elements, acrylic paint and exploding gunpowder, I make modern, primitive, abstract, art.
My gunpowder and acrylic paintings are made by burning thin board or canvas with high speed fuses and gunpowder. There is a moment of tension and suspense - pure art - just before I light the fuse. The flame, energy, and inevitable explosion unite nature in a split second of beautiful form, color, and texture.
I have degrees in mathematics and economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a masters degree from Edgewood College. I owned a silk clothing business and, on my journeys to China, developed a profound understanding of Asian minimalist art, fuses, and gunpowder. I eventually sold my silk clothing business to pursue art full time in 2006.
I work in Madison, WI and Chicago, Il. Over the years, I have sold many paintings, some of which are on display in Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Madison, and Geneva.
Dreamworks. Los Angeles. CA
Atlanta Capital Group, Atlanta, GA
Gennas Lounge, Madison, WI
Smart Studios, Madison, WI
Tempest Oyster Bar, Madison, WI
You can find select work at www.stickvega.com. And, you can follow me at facebook.com/stickvega.