Paintings by Floyd Strickland
Exhibition Dates: December 8 through January 19, 2019
Gallery Hours: Tue-Thurs, 10am-4pm | Sat-Sun, 10am-4pm | or by appointment.
FLOYD STRICKLAND is a multi-disciplined artist living in Los Angeles, California. He grew up in the Watts/Compton area during the late 80s and early 90s. As a child, Strickland had virtually no access to art. There were no programs in the schools and no real education about art as a career. Still, he drew constantly. He would depict cartoons, comic book characters, and pictures of athletes he found in magazines.
“The only people I ever saw who would draw really well were drawings for money on the beach. I didn’t want to be that. I didn’t realize that you can paint in a studio.”-FS
It wasn’t until high school that he was introduced to painters and art history. Strickland fell in love with oil painting and Harlem renaissance painters. He began to explore his own artistic expressions. After being told by fellow artists that oils are the most difficult medium to work with, he tried it. This was the key that opened the gate to his defining style.
Strickland creates poignant images that comment on the experiences of children in the inner cities. Many of his subjects are children, stuffed animals, and iconic characters. In his latest series, Strickland chooses children as his main subject s. He feels strongly about giving them a physical, visual representation of themselves that they can relate to. Stuffed animals and cartoon characters are a representation of lost innocence and the effects of growing up too fast.
The mix of classical techniques with modern, pop culture subject matter brings Strickland’s work to life. His compositions jump back and forth between two and three dimensions, creating a visual dialogue within itself. There is a vast amount of information in each of his pieces. Every detail is telling the story of his time in history.