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The School 30 gallery space during the
2005 solo show, Historica Textura

Thought Fossil 3

acrylic over molding paste
on mini-canvas

(sides are like front)

3.5 x 5 inches

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Historica Textura
Text-based Works by Keith J. Hampton

My fascination with ancient forms of communication runs deep. For two years, (2003 and 2004) interests in language and the origin of written forms have taken me on an interesting path. Research - in books and on the internet - led to cave paintings in Spain and France, petroglyphs in Australia and the Americas, clay tablets in the Middle East, early forms of calligraphy in Asia and India and wood carvings in Africa. The list goes back to the first written language in Sumerian cuniform. Seeing archeological finds in museums and the sense of wonder they evoked was the catylist for creating these pieces.

Early communicative "texts" were created mainly for religious purposes (paintings, petroglyphs) but as time went on, symbols and written text became necessary for counting, making lists, marking territories and basic communication between parties. The forms vary on each continent and range from chipping away rock to civilized calligraphy made with ink and brush on hand-made paper or animal skin. As time passed, languages in use for hundreds of years could suddenly disappear. The original communicators died off or adopted a new language for various reasons. Yet their abandoned texts remain, shrouded in dust or buried in earth, waiting for interpretation or translation.

I hope to derive from these ancient forms an aura of antiquity, style and mystery, combining their past historic purpose with a current artful one. The overall feeling conveyed by their age and the resulting look achieved by utilizing letterforms in an abstract fashion are my primary goals. I hope viewers enjoy these works and remain open to the possible journeys they can provide.


Message

acrylic and metallics
over molding paste on paper
20 x 15.75"

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Relic

acrylic on paper mounted to board
11 x 14 inches

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Sintense

acrylic on paper with
15.75 x 5.75

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Dyptich: the language of snakes

acrylic on paper with metallics
10.25 x 10.25 inches ea.


Lunar Incantation

acrylic over molding paste over canvas on cradled MDF
15 x27.75


Dreamtime Groove

acrylic over molding paste over canvas on cradled MDF
12.5 x28.25


The Genesis of Chlorophyl

acrylic over molding paste over canvas
on cradled MDF,
28 x 40

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Portent

acrylic over molding paste
over canvas on
cradled MDF
22 x 13

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Ignorance, Enlightenment, Obscurity

acrylic over canvas on cradled MDF
36.5 x 9


Dream Over Las Cruces

acrylic and collage
on paper mounted
to board

8 x 16.25

Shield

acrylic over molding paste
on cradled MDF
22 x 13

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Illuminated Text

acrylic on HDF, 9 x 14.25 ea.

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Hellenistic Lapis

acrylic over molding paste on cradled MDF
11.75 x 10

 


Mende Sun

acrylic on HDF
22 x 14.25


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Sumerian Legacy

acrylic over molding paste/sand on cradled MDF
12 x 22



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Mayan Modernique

acrylic over canvas
on cradled MDF
12 x 12

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Litany

acrylic over MDF
19 x 27.5

 

Can't Get a Word in Edgwise
(Dedicated to excessive communicators everywhere)

acrylic on MDF
6 x 6 ea.

 

Thought Fossil 2

acrylic on canvas
4 x 6

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Thought Fossil 1

acrylic on canvas
4 x 6

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Timeline: Full Circle

acrylic on gallery-wrap canvas
24 x 48

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Island Decree

acrylic on found plywood
on faux mahogany finished plywood

17 x 25.5



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Thought Fossil 4

acrylic over molding paste
on mini-canvas

(sides are like front)

3.5 x 5 inches

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Thought Fossil 5

acrylic over molding paste
on gallery-wrap canvas
(sides are black)

5 x 5 inches

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Thought Fossil 6

acrylic over molding paste
on gallery-wrap canvas
(sides are black)

5 x 5 inches

SOLD