METALLICA: Turn Up the Volume


J. Steven Manolis, METALLICA (Qatari Series), 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 96 inches (152.4 x 243.84 cm). Two panels, 60 x 48 inches (152.4 x 121.92 cm) each. 

SERIES PAINTING

Recently, my assistant, Coco De Salazar, and I established that the precise number of painting Series that I currently paint is 26 (painting Series outlined below). This includes 2018's first new Series, METALLICA.

My METALLICA Series has been a "long time coming." I've been thinking about it for nearly three years. As a colorist, I love the color impact of any single color fused with metallic paints. It is dramatic! I have concluded that in Phase One, my work in metallic paints will be executed in two sub-series, "More-is-More" ("MM") and "Less-is-More" ("LM").

"MM," (pictured above) allows me to paint monochromatically over a colorfield with emphasis on abstractly depicting places, thoughts, and moments of significant "color relevance" in my life. As an example, METALLICA (Qatari Series) depicts the regal, royal nature of the institutional and private settings I experienced when I was in Doha, Qatar a dozen years ago. It takes me back there!

"LM" (pictured below) consists of single JSM symbols (of various types) painted over a corrugated metallic colorfield. This painting is a simple concentric colorfield in two different gold hues, inspired by a double-concentric 2016 work in the REDWORLD Series (see image below) that received great critical acclaim and collector fanfare, and appears in both my REDWORLD book and Miami Design District's MAXALTO showroom. Based on this, I am focusing the simplicity of that work in concentric-based "LM" METALLICA paintings. "LM" goes in any decor style and any color room, impressively.

J. Steven Manolis, METALLICA Concentric (Bright + Renaissance), 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 96 inches 152.4 x 243.84 cm). Two panels, 60 x 48 inches (152.4 x 121.92 cm) each. 

J. Steven Manolis, Redworld Concentric, 2016, Acrylic on Canvas, 72 x 120 inches (182.88 x 304.8 cm). Two panels, 72 x 60 inches (182.88 x 152.4 cm) each. MAXALTO, Design District Miami, FL. Sargent Architectural Photography.

PABLO PICASSO & RICHARD DIEBENKORN, SERIES PAINTERS


Pablo Picasso is my most respected artist. He signed 100,000+ collectible works (paintings and sculptures) in his lifetime. Incredible! I do not think this record will be surpassed anytime soon. However, I would like you to know that I paint "eight days a week." Voluminous quantity and quality are painting goals of mine. Richard Diebenkorn, my favorite Series painter, is an artist idol of mine, and I strive to meet and exceed his Series standards. I love his Ocean Park Series (pictured below), which he painted many hundreds of times. So that you better understand my oeuvre, the 26 Series that I presently paint are listed below. I do not think that any Series artist has previously achieved such an extensive range.
 

J. STEVEN MANOLIS PAINTING SERIES LIST


I. COLORIFIC (1 - 8)

  • California Dreaming 
  • Orbs 
  • Color Matters 
  • South Pointe Park 
  • Palm Beach 
  • Palm Beach Light 
  • Surf's Up 
  • Biscayne Bay: Sun, Water, & Sky 

II. BLACK & WHITE (9 - 13)

  • Hurricane Series
  • Symphony Series
  • My Long March Journey (MLMJ) Series
  • More in More, and Less is More (MMLM) Series
  • Splash, Symbols, & Marks Series

III. MONOCHROMATIC (14 - 26)

  • REDWORLD 
  • Qatari Rhapsodies & Sonatas 
  • Splash 
  • BlueLand Splash 
  • PurpleFields 
  • Summer Solstice 
  • White on White
  • METALLICA 
  • Hamptons 27 
  • Happy Birthday America 
  • Flamingo 
  • Sunsets 
  • Prairie Moon 

IV. ONE-OFFS / COMMISSION WORK

 Richard Diebenkorn's 1975 work  Ocean Park #79  ,  features pastel blues, lavenders and aquas — and thin strips of deep red and green at the top to draw the viewer's gaze upward. The Estate of Richard Diebenkorn/Courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Richard Diebenkorn's 1975 work Ocean Park #79features pastel blues, lavenders and aquas — and thin strips of deep red and green at the top to draw the viewer's gaze upward. The Estate of Richard Diebenkorn/Courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art.

I invite your inquiry to my website to analyze and understand my painting Series in greater depth.