With this stroke I'm finally having intercourse with the American mainstream, web presence! My good friends at the tech company, Blue Key, and host to one of my murals (http://www.bluekeyinc.com/boatwright.php) have facilitated this deed and I'm grateful for their savvy guidance. At the moment, I'm showing the bulk of my exterior and interior work around Charleston SC over the last decade or so. Eventually, I plan to set up links to some of my films and videos and feature some of my residential design work as well.
Recently, I developed a new project for an exterior mural in Charleston's market area. It's awaiting approval by the Board of Architectural Review, and billboard-style mural for Pabst which seeks to extend the vibe of Charleston's Alley mural. While these projects percolate through the system, I'm putting together new paintings and silk screens for a show in the not too distant future. As the world turns......
56” x 100”, Acrylic on canvas
“Trick Rider” is one of a series of paintings of archetypal women placed in a Southern landscape. Although the image is laden with symbolic imagery, there is no literal explanation for the whole painting. It simply cannot be boiled down to a simple narrative statement. Contrarily, it is not just a random collection of images, either. The process of my studio-produced paintings is fundamentally different from my approach to mural painting. Murals are, by necessity, well worked out in advance. Paintings, on the other hand, begin in the studio from a fragment of an idea, an image, a thought, or a starting point that goes through multiple phases with images added and discarded as it seeks to find its authentic identity—one that comports with the original intention.
To me, a successful painting has to work on several levels. It should have elements of humor or sexual tension or a political sense or all three, and it must be painted in a way that supports the subject.