Duke Asidere has always been autobiographical in his paintings and the titling of his artworks. These titles may sometimes seem misleading and at odds with the artwork itself. In the truth. sometimes there is no direct connection.
He paints spontaneously, with very little planning. He simply bares his soul on canvas. This purgation involves rote and happenstance. He may use the familiar channels – his seated and standing women, for instance, as purveyors of his stories.
His colors may marry the routine, the spontaneous and choices influenced by his current emotional bearing. His artworks are stories on canvas about events in his life, battles, victories, agonies, that tell a wider story about human conditions and events.
He may complete the artwork and choose a title that describes the artwork, or his state of mind as he worked, or an idea that occurred to him after he finished. The title may illuminate or may not. But even when it does not illuminate, it adds something to the overall understanding of the artist’s mindset.
In the artwork ‘The Day After’ Asidere explores colors and the spaces between colors. It’s sparser than many of his recent pieces. While the standing women are typical of his art, the colors are coarser, tending towards the starkness of charcoal rather than the lushness of some of his recent artworks.
The sparseness provides an energetic, kinetic artwork that tells his story simply, yet feverishly. It’s an impatient artwork about ideals, passion, impatience, and urgency.
And the title, ‘The Day After’ … Does it tell the story about the artwork? I suspect it does. Asidere might agree. But would still say ‘Find your story in it. There’s a story there for you… A title for you to create’.
You can see ‘The Day After’ and other artworks in our New Artworks Section.