eric cagley

acrylic on dyed canvas
16 x 12 in.


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artist statement

I construct paintings using thick acrylic paint and dyed canvas.  I create sheets of acrylic paint that I later carve/cut and attach to stretched, dyed canvas.  I am not interested in transforming these basic materials; rather, by allowing them to be nothing more than traditional materials, paint and canvas; my work is linked to the history of painting even though it is constructed in an untraditional manner.  The smaller scale of my paintings and the controlled application of paint is a visual manifestation of my temperament and personality.  In addition to the history of painting, my work is greatly influenced by the gridded landscape of Iowa where I was raised and the athletic fields and courts where I spent countless hours playing baseball, soccer, basketball, and golf.  

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