Aaron Wooten Ink and Watercolor Paintings "Samantha" and "Desi"
Aaron Wooten (Chicago, Illinois, 21st century)
Samantha and Desi, 2012
Two ink and watercolor drawings on paper
Signed to lower left
Contemporary artist Aaron Wooten specializes in cityscapes, portraits, and figural paintings, many of which exhibit farce and provocative content, humor, and the unapologetic imperfections of humanity. Inspired by the satirical work of John Currin, Wooten first began painting portraits in 2005, including portraits of cultural icons such as celebrities, American presidents, and political leaders. While his portraits reflect the style of caricature and comic illustrations, his graphic cityscapes are executed with a Modern illustrative style and are often of monumental scale. Inspiration for these pieces are drawn from northern industrial art of early 20th century Ireland and England, particularly L.S. Lowry’s paintings of working life. By presenting themes that are reflective on society and the past, Wooten aims to combine laughter, sadness, and reality in his unique work.
Originally from Columbus, Wooten studied film at Hunter College in New York. He returned to Columbus before relocating to Chicago where he has been working as an artist for over fifteen years. Throughout his career he has been commissioned to paint murals throughout the city, and he has exhibited at the Jackson Junge Gallery and other local Chicago galleries. He has also been mentioned in the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.
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