Longing for simplicity I’ve distilled my process down to its essential building blocks. Layering custom-mixed acrylic hues in a grid pattern I’m endlessly curious about how colors get along, or don’t. More often they don’t—at least at first. Built up over the course of a painting these individual hues learn to live together. Certain color relationships become gathering places for beauty, while surface textures conspicuously conceal the painting’s history underneath. Compositions may depart from the grid or reference specific subject matter, but these color relationships remain the primary organizing element of my painting. Most of the time any figurative references that may have inspired a painting dissolve into a simple color portrait.
Cal Travis Oaks is a filmmaker/storyteller living in Los Angeles, CA.
Cal is one of the filmmakers who will be featured in the screening at our #urbanexplorerknoxville event on October 7.