Tinkertoy Sofa 
1974
Poplar, polyurethane foam, polyester 
72" x 40" x 30"


Tinkertoy sofa backTinkertoy sofa pieces

 
 

Goalie Mask
1975,
Polycarbonate

In 1974 (and '75) my hometown hockey team, the Philadelphia Flyers, won the championship behind---or I guess it's in front of---the goaltending of Bernie Parent, who had this iconic white mask. I had a friend who had little business that vacuum-formed license plates where I saw how you could just melt some plastic to make stuff. So I made a likeness of Bernie's mask... not in the shop, but in my mother's oven. Apparently that's my M-O; if l like something, I make it.

The actual mask (not my work) on a US stamp:

 
 

Van Interior Design
1978
Wood, carpeting

I worked at a van conversion shop and was given free rein to design the interior of our own van that would be on display at a Philadelphia show. I came up with exposed beams in the ceiling and a skyline of Philly that used one piece of carpeting, but reversing the carpet (nap) direction for the positive and negative portions of the composition.



Van cabinet

Van articl

 
 

Miniature Sculptures
1978,
Bronze and silver
1" tall

Shown with Monopoly's car and dog tokens for size comparison. The one on the left is Dr. McCrea, the histology teacher from Temple University Dental School where I attended for a year, before realizing I had made a mistake choosing to follow in my father's footsteps. Along the way, though I did a couple of these small sculptures---likenesses of two of the dental school professors---in wax, which they gave us to carve teeth. The other was of Dr. Charles Santangelo, the dental anatomy professor. Don't know where that one ended up.


 
 

"Wringing Truth"
1979
Acrylic on paper

Wow, don't show this to a psychoanalyst. That right hand's kind o' lame but the left one almost looks human.

 
 

Bananamobile
1981
Illustration
8" x 10"

When I worked at the Franklin Institute, building exhibits, they held a contest for kids to make a model car to carry a banana powered by two rubber bands. I made an example to give them the general notion of vehicle, and this was my rendering.

 
 

Bobby Clarke, unfinished
1981
Clay, 20" tall

 
 

Tennis Player
1978
Bronze, gold plating.

My first commissioned work, a likeness of a co-worker, a carpenter renovating the Middle East restaurant in Philadelphia.

 

 
 

World's Greatest Chess Set
1980-2009
Bronze, gold, ruby, sapphire,
32 pieces up to 3" tall

 
 

Chessboard
2015
Uncertain hardwood, maple, varnish

 

Knight
2007,
Clay, polyurethane (lance), aluminum (bridle), patina finishes from Sculptnouveau
20 x 18 x 14

From what I think is the best piece in the chess set, the knight, shown in bronze. More completed photo coming soon.


 
 

George Hobe
2013
Chess set king in bronze, green patina
3" tall

Want the chess set with you or that special someone as the royal family? We can do that. Here's a personalized portrait of a local businessman as the king.

 

Cupid
1983
Bronze, gold-plated,
~1" x 3/4"

 
 

"Determination"
1983-2000
Cast stone from clay
~24" x 14" x 14"

Showing copper-finished and unfinished. Approximately 5 castings have been purchased.

 
 

"Refinery" 
1994?, original oil,
16 x 14 and 20 x 16 

My first attempt at an oil? Wow, this "painting thing" is hard.


 
 

"Blocks"
1995,
Original oil
10 x 14

OK, now we're getting somewhere.

 
 

Baby Jessica
1995
Oil on canvas,
12x16"

Where'd that other ear go to?

 
 

"Alien Landscape"
1995
Oil on canvas
14 x 20

Not horrible.

 
 

"Seascape"
1999
Oil on canvas
8 x 24

Ahhh... it's the "representational" stuff that's hard. No wonder there are so many abstracts at those communal art studios.

 
 

"Unfinished" (finished)
2000, original oi
Oil on canvas
16 x 28

Uh, keep trying, Rembrandt.

 
 

Mirror
2000, 2
28 x 28

 
 

"The Limits of Endurance"
2001
Stone, bas-relief sculpture,
36" x 6"

Celebrating Shackleton's Imperial Transantarctic Expedition of 1914. I got a bit carried away after reading a National Geographic article about the Shackleton adventure. Read everything I could find on the subject and made an artwork that was too big to sell to anyone but a zealot or museum.

 
 

"Garden Path"
2003
Oil on canvas
16 x 24

Duplicate from a postcard. Needs a little depth on that path, eh?

 
 

"Refugees", unfinished
2005
Oil on canvas
30 x 40

After an incredible newspaper photo, below. If I can ever capture the looks on those faces...

 
 

Kandinsky Sketch
2003
Oil on canvas,
36 x 20"

Surprisingly hard to make sharp lines with oil. Kandinsky must have developed some special masking method. I don't think the lines were drawn entirely by hand with a sharp brush, but it's possible.

 

 
 

"Into the Wild"
2013
Oil on canvas (3 canvases)
22x18" and two other sizes.

There's hope yet... perhaps. This is from the final scene in the movie, Into the Wild. There's a honeybee in one of those flowers, very tricky to get.

 
 

"They Went Thataway"
2008
Wood,
80" x 30" x 30"

Being repainted in 2018, after totally fading.

Here's what I can make out:
Endeavor 100 (upward)
<- Hong Kong ->
Bates Motel 3 (blood dripping)
Rome MCCLX
OZ 3 Clicks
Heinz 57
Nirvana (infinity symbol)
Shangrila
Perdition (downward)

 
 

Garden
2000-2009
Mixed media

Maybe my best work, but I had help.

 
 

Waterfall Fountain
2002
Slate and granite,
48 x 72 x 60

 
 

"Deep Blue Under,"
2004
Acrylic on homasote
24 x 36, original acrylic,

After Pollock, painted with Kira.

"Food Fight"
2004
Acrylic on fibre ceiling tileomasote
24 x 36

After Pollock, painted with Kira.

 
 

"Sax Player"
2004
Hydrostone
12” x 9” x 12”
11 pound shipping weight
Image showing relative size, near
Image showing relative size, far

"Trumpet Player"
2009
Hydrostone
15” x 10” x 10
Completing the bookend pair with the Sax Player
12 pound shipping weight
A bit inspired by those Louis Armstrong cheeks.



 
 

"Figures of Speech" unfinished
2007
Polyurethane foam
40 x 30 x 20 

 
 

"The Wave"
2007
Oil on old door
80 x 30

Duplicate of Alexander Harrison's painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, below. Side-by-side it's quite remarkable how amateurish mine looks even with the reduced original. At the museum, the Harrison piece is extraordinary for its sense of photo-realistic illusion of a natural occurrence that is almost abstract in itself.

The original Harrison masterpiece:

 
 

Frame
2010
Expanding polyurethane foam, spray paint, Sculptnouveau "Age-It"
86 x 36

 
 

"Trees"
2007
Oil on Masonite
48 x 36

Speed-painted in one hour with Kira, from a piece in a Santa Fe art gallery catalog.

 
 

"A Walk in the Park"
2010
Photographs on wood, epoxy clearcoated
20" x 30"

 
 

Potrack
2005
Iron, glass, wood
60" x 20" x 6"

 
 

Spicerack
2008
Wood
30 x 20 x 20

 
 

Soap Dish
2015
Clay

Hmmm, looks nicer in person. It's got a decent curved shape to it, but this photo angle flattens it out.

 
 

Address
2012
Leaded stained glass
28" x 12"

 
 

Bracket for Trellis
2018
Welded steel
24" x 24"

Trellis Bracket

 
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