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My formative years were becoming an artist in Europe during the 1960’s. This was to be a time of extreme social unrest in the countries I resided in and in America. I was a couple of years in Rome studying art at the Academia di belli Arti and subsequently twelve years in West Berlin at the S.H.f.b.K. where I had met my mentor, the painter Hermann Bachmann. His daughter Suzanne and I fell in love and I became part of the family. In 1971 I was with Bachmann”s close friend Jochen Seidel, in New York shortly before he hunged himself.
Because of the charged socio-political atmosphere and the fact that Bachmann had just destroyed most of his artwork and discontinued painting altogether, I was very much on my own as to what and how I would make art. I became immersed in revolution at the same time I was falling in love with Art and I had to figure out what to do. And I wasn’t about to throw the baby out with the bath water. She was too beautiful.
In 1973 I graduated from the S.H.f.b.K Berlin with a BFA and became docent at the school to teach life drawing. I stayed on working in Berlin until 1976. There were several shows of my work and many commissions. And I encountered a lot of great artists and crazy radicals.
I became a founding member of HUMAN BEING, an electronic music group in 1967. We performed in Berlin until we moved to North Africa for a year. On our return to Europe we landed in jail in Madrid but were relatively quickly released.
After I became recognized as a painter in Berlin, what evolved in my work was a fusion of socio-environmental themes with the continuous presence of a heroic feminine threatened by a brutal chauvinistic world. I had been lucky and somehow intuitively knew how to paint but was also keen on invention because I had originally wanted to be an aeronautical engineer. So I proceeded to conceive paintings and new ways to make them in which there is an obvious infatuation with Art and color as well as a deep concern for life and the human condition.
My body of work consisted of naturalistic sculpture; figures- portraits, landscapes and still life and later several major series of large tableaus ranging from geometric hard edge “Icons” [GENESIS] to layered expressionist Giclee experiments [WASTELANDS] to assemblage “Clichés” [COMBINES]; dealing with archetypal consciousness and the semiotic meanings of art utilizing alternative techniques and an ideographic vocabulary of anthropomorphic resemblances mirroring Dada’s use of found objects.
In 1976 I returned to the United States and had a family. I continued to paint and show in New England, Miami and then New York City and received an artist residence in New London Ct. In 2005 I stopped painting. I began and continue to design, build and fly long rang drone camera planes. Initially the hope was to assist Burmese rebels with aerial reconnaissance.
In 2013 I began painting and exhibiting again in NYC with a solo show at THE NEW SCHOOL and in studios I created in the Dominican Republic with the help of local villagers. After painting many Dominican landscapes and portraits I began a new series of larger gestural abstract oil paintings. In New York I continue to paint my fascination with what art is, what it can mean, by turning my workspace into a university of ideas about art and what artists have done with them followed by my own enlightened works including now new forays into quantum physics in informing ideas for paintings.
In 2021 I continued experiments with layering paintings which I had begun with filming FLIQUETYCH in 1993 and with the WASTELANDS series of 2005. The new resulting digitally layered artworks were astonishing comprising both abstract and figurative elements of my paintings.
I spend my time now between NYC and the Dominican Republic painting, writing, building and flying sUASs for which I have been certified by FEMA to do Incident Search and Rescue.
I have also written and published my bizarre “Brief Memoirs” – TRACKING UNICORN & ASTRO VENUS. Available on AMAZON BOOKS: With over two hundred illustrations.
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Hey Brod, I just received your wonderful website from my pal Stu Hill. I think you knew my brother Grant Stockdale and I myself have been a painter for many years.
Your work is full of heart and color.I have enjoyed the connection.
I paint spirits and music.. at : annstockdale.com
Are you in Miami now ?
Best Regards, Ann Stockdale
My name is Steve Shapiro and I work with your nephew Sebastian. I am artist and art teacher. It was great to peruse your website and to see the great work you are doing. I always enjoy looking at the work of fellow artists especially those like myself who have embraced a wide array of work. Beautiful stuff. I particularly was drawn to the figurative pieces. Good Luck!
Long time no see. You painted an old lady on a large piece of plywood for me as a high school graduation present. You etched in the words “Larry, why aren’t you working.” I affectionately called it Mother. Mother has been with me my whole life and I finally gave her up to one of my kids. Anyway, I haven’t seen you in more than 50 years and just wanted to say hi and congrats on still being alive.
thanks for your message. yes it has ben a long very eventfull time , for me and i hope for you too. it seems like i was always so busy working i didn’t have time to become famous and now that’s changing.
i remember that night at ludington’s when i was on my way back to europe. you and jarvis were there saying good bye to me and telling me how proud you were that i was an artist going off to europe and all and it meant so much to me.
good luck, bro.
What a fascinating life you have led.
I live in Manhattan and returned to Coconut Grove and 5 years ago.
I live in Paris 23 years and various other places.
I remember you so well.
Do you see Dickie or Pete Ludington?
I am still in wth Brud Worthington.
would love to keep in touch,
Lewis Ashley Fomon
YES LEWIS, PLEASE DO CONTACT ME –
My name is Mia, I met you when I had just graduated University of Miami and I worked for Jeffrey Glick in his studio on Mary street. Clifford Bailey also worked there at this time. I don’t expect you to remember me but you should remember Jeff and Cliff. There were many days I’d watch you work in the little house on the property. You taught me a lot and watching you work was always mesmerizing. You were working on geometrical designs at the time and one other piece of a woman, it was mixed medium art as you used articles of clothing in the portrait. I’m not sure if you remember that piece but I sure do. Your work is genius. I just bought your book on Amazon and I can’t wait to read it. If you ever have a show in Los Angeles I’d love to come. Stay well and thank you for all the beautiful works of art
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What a very interesting and complicated life you have lived. You may possibly remember me from Carmel College back in 1963 from our rowing days together. I had no idea that you weren’t Jewish and it made no matter. My best friend, you may also recall, was Carl Purchase, a non-Jewish day boy from Wallingford who was around 6’5 and rowed at number 7 behind me at Stroke so I had to develop a very long reach to stop being bashed in the back! Happy days. I seem to recall that you brought back “Double Bubble” gum from the US courtesy of your dad at Pan Am. All best wishes, David
I’ve loved seeing your work, and hearing about your life. You have always been a pleasant memory from my childhood, and I did wonder how your life progressed. Your art is so engaging, amazing breadth, and wonderfully resonant. Would love to choose one, but will read your book soon and continue to dream.
How wonderful it is to hear from you.
You and your family lent a dimension of enchantment to my young life that is still with me.
It is truly amazing that you found me- thank you.
Extraordinary…you, your life, your memoir. Adjectives abound but I’ll choose profound, poignant, bright, and thank you for letting us know you better.
Best to you,
Please contact me anytime: email@example.com
Particularly so I can personally send you invitations for show and book signing in April.