Quackademic 14″x17″ acrylic & ink on paper, 2015.

“Quackademic” is a cartoon styled painting of a duck that appears to be on fire created with acrylic and black ink on a 14″x17″ piece of heavy weight paper. Quackademic is a term used for a teacher that lectures with misguided information. It is also a reference to people in the art industry who think they know it all but really don’t. It is a figure that looks humorous, almost like it is laughing. This painting has always been some type of fowl from the start. It began with wildly drawn lines done by acrylic paint using orange and yellow as the primary colors. Eventually I was able to tone the color down by adding burnt sienna water color and black ink. The word ‘DROE’ appears on this painting in blue and has absolutely no meaning to me; the typography is meant to be abstract. The face, eyes and posture of this creature is created in a slapstick and animated fashion. Black ink worked well to define all the lines on this painting that were created when I applied different color paint and use of oil sticks. ‘Quackademic’ is an example of humor in today’s somewhat serious art world. It questions what is to to be taken seriously and what is a joke.

Quackademic 14″x17″ acrylic & ink on paper, 2015.