In 1986, my wife Shirley and I decided to spend a year in Italy. This was before children so it was possible for us to manage squatting in a 500-year old abandoned farmhouse with no running water, no electricity, in the hills above Firenze. Only part of a roof, but it was in the hills of Tuscany.
The first images below are of work done in the 42nd Street studio, New York, early 1986 before we left.
April of 1986 until March of 1987 was spent in Pescina, Italy and some of the work done there is shown here.
Paintings - New York, 42nd Street studio, early 1986.
Trust Me (triptych), 1986, 6 x 4.5 ft. and 4.5 x 6 ft. (each), oil on oilcloth.
PETERSANTINO (#1, #3, #4, #5), 1986, 6 X 1.5 ft. and 6 x 4.5 ft., oil on oilcloth.
Work in studio, Pescina, Italy, 1986. Various materials.
Several views of the studio in Pescina, 1986. The fact that it was so difficult to mount a work on the stone walls, led to the idea of making work specifically for the floor.
An aerial view (taken by the Italian government for some survey) of ROTHKO under construction and one of the completed work. 10M x 50M (approx), cut grass, 1986.
Two images of La Strada d'Arte..., 1986, acrylic on cement on wall. Inspired by the very funny words muttered by a Sardinian friend of ours during his daughter's after-dinner performance.
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