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Roger Cleaves
updated: 05/09/2011
website: www.rogerallancleaves.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Lubricated Epipthany
Who Can You Trust
I Can Swim with the Sharks
There's No Place Like Home
Portrait of Walter Brown
The Setup
Grosz Moments in Art History
The Production of Monsters
The Little Drummer Boy
Bedroom Magic
The Good,The Bad, and The Ugly
Those Were the Days
The G.O.A.T.
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  historical, humor, social criticism, memory, autobiographical, illustration, narrative, abstract, figurative, cartoon
 
 
Lubricated Epipthany by Roger Cleaves
Lubricated Epipthany
Ink on Paper
2010
22" x  30" 
Who Can You Trust by Roger Cleaves
Who Can You Trust
Ink on Paper
2010
15" x  22" 
I Can Swim with the Sharks by Roger Cleaves
I Can Swim with the Sharks
ink,pigment, on paper
2010
40" x  60" 
There's No Place Like Home by Roger Cleaves
There's No Place Like Home
ink,pigment, on paper
2010
96" x  72" 
Portrait of Walter Brown by Roger Cleaves
Portrait of Walter Brown
Ink on Paper
2010
15 " x  17 " 
The Setup by Roger Cleaves
The Setup
Ink on Paper
2010
22" x  15" 
Grosz Moments in Art History by Roger Cleaves
Grosz Moments in Art History
ink,pigment, on paper
2010
60" x  120" 
The Production of Monsters by Roger Cleaves
The Production of Monsters
ink,pigment, on paper
2010
30" x  40" 
The Little Drummer Boy by Roger Cleaves
The Little Drummer Boy
ink,pigment, on paper
2010
42" x  30" 
Bedroom Magic by Roger Cleaves
Bedroom Magic
ink,pigment, on paper
2011
96" x  72" 
The Good,The Bad, and The Ugly by Roger Cleaves
The Good,The Bad, and The Ugly
ink,pigment, on paper
2010
72" x  74" 
Those Were the Days by Roger Cleaves
Those Were the Days
Ink on Paper
2010
30" x  22" 
The G.O.A.T. by Roger Cleaves
The G.O.A.T.
ink,pigment, on paper
2010
40" x  60" 

Artist Statement

Roger Allan Cleaves
Artist Statement

When a person looks at my work they should see a unique story concerning the heroic, a discussion about social abstract art, and mundane moments that every living human being can relate. My works are a mixture of autobiographical tales, icons, pop culture, and an examination of classic works of art. When I create symbols and characters it is for the purpose of narrative storytelling that focuses on contemporary times.

The linking factor, the epic adventure of an ordinary being with heroic capabilities, flows through my two dimensional and three dimensional works of art. Heroic ideas intrigue my taste. What really separates the common from the heroic? I believe it is the ability to find opportunities for greatness in the face of probable failure. Answering those questions is the struggle of my life as well as my studio practice.

 My practice is my focused attempt to harmonize ambiguity. My created world exists is an abstract and chaotic landscape. Bringing order to this chaos and reconfiguring these abstract elements into more concrete forms is my attempt to obtain familiarity with the unknown.  The unknown for me is making sense of what it means to be alive. So my research and studio practice focuses on subject matter that examines the nuances of the human struggle. I’m challenging the viewer as well as my own creative aptitude by presenting specific questions.

Can beauty exist in the mundane and the macabre? Can something highly intellectual be stripped to its essence and still be understood? Using satire, humor, and art history I entice the viewer to search for that beauty and deeper level of investigation. The symbols and icons are presented and the viewer is allowed the freedom to piece together the information. I’m interested in the idea of a complete story that is not organized into written sentences and chapters. A complete and true story about contemporary times is one that that says a lot of beauty exists in the bleakest days.

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