The Federal Garrison at Fort Negley (detail), 2014, Acrylic and ink on wood, 6” x 12”
ed says the Civil War series, which is about a portion of an even larger body of work he is creating, was not born out of a visit to a battlefield, but out of a visit to a shop on Bloom Street in New York around 1998. While making his way through the shop, Red came upon some old frames. As he and his wife, Lysiane, were in the process of building a home and studio up on the Cumberland Plateau at the time, his new work in these old frames seemed somehow rooted to his past, to Tennessee. Painting Civil War scenes to fill these old frames began to have what he describes as a “Tennessee-like mythical” quality. As the studio was being built, Red found himself picking up scraps of wood to use in the construction of the work and eventually building many of the frames himself.
General Kirby Smith, 2014, Acrylic on wood, 11” x 8”
each character has been carefully placed into the scene. Every bit of the chaos has been planned.
(Right) The Pivot Gun of the Wissachikon and Crew, 2002, Oil on wood, 18” x 33” 62 | December 2014 NashvilleArts.com