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Are You There Norman? It’s Me, Adam the Painter (The Boys)

Adam Bock's avatar Adam Bock

This is a painting of my nephews. My sister used the original photo for their family Christmas card. It reminded me of a Norman Rockwell painting. My sister is also an artist. This canvas has a history. In the 90’s my aunt commissioned my sister to do a painting ,based off of a fabric swatch, for their basement. The painting of her boys is layered on that original painting [The red edges are the last visible vestiges of that project]. This painting took over 2 years to complete and felt like an Odyssey. During its course I experienced multiple career and family dynamic changes. More than once, while working on it, I quit painting all-together. The sessions I showed up and stubbornly kept working, represent an unromantic triumph of willpower. This is my White Whale. I’m proud of my Nephews, I hope that they are proud of this.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1”
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas (On Painting)
  • Width: 42.5”
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 53”