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Larry Brown

12”x12”

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Peaceable Kingdom

11″x14″

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Joni Mitchell

12″x12″

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Alice Neel

12″x12″

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Gregg Allman

12″x12″

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Peaceable Kingdom

11″x14″

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Peaceable Kingdom

11″x14″

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Peaceable Kingdom

8″x10″

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Peaceable Kingdom

8″x10″

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Stevie Nicks

12″x12″

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School of Expression

24″x48″

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Abraham Lincoln

12″x12″

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John Prine

12″x12″
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The Quiet Game

11″x14″
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Rear View Mirror

11″x14″
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Sam Brown

11″x14″

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Boys Will Be

11″x14″
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Child, Version of Child

11″x14″
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Another Brick in the Wall

11″x14″
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Sam Brown (study)

5″x8″
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Elizabeth Taylor

12″x12″
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James Joyce

12″ x 12″
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Virginia Woolf

12″ x 12″
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Bill Berkson

12″ x 12″
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Michael Jackson

12″ x 12″
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Shimon Peres

12″ x 12″
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Tetherball

11″x15

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Pupils and Bees

24″ x 30″
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Pablo Picasso

12″x12″
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Emily Dickinson

12″x12″
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William Faulkner no. 3

12″x12″
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Loretta Lynn

12″x12″
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Serge Gainsbourg

12″x12″
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Elie Wiesel

12″x12″

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Muhammad Ali

12″ x 12″
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Shubuta Fountain

5″x5″
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Swim

20″x20″
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Car

6″x8″

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Marc Chagall

12″ x 12″
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Golda Meir

12″ x 12″
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Bathing Suits

8″ x 10″
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Tiger Man

8″ x 10″
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Patty Duke

12″ x 12″
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Jim Henson

12″ x 12″
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Belle Meade

16″ x 20″
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Picasso and Upside-Down Newark

16″ x 20″
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Hayfield

16″ x 20″
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Specter Projector

16″ x 20″
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Life on the Moon

16″ x 20″
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Plastic Pool

7″ x 9″
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Hayfield

7″ x 9″

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Bird’s Got the Word no. 9

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Bird’s Got the Word no. 8

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Bird’s Got the Word no. 7

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Bird’s Got the Word no. 1

7″ x 9″
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The following are a bunch of bird-influenced paintings and drawings I did for a show that’s up now at MuseuMM in Los Angeles. A great group of people and sales go in part to the Audubon Center at Deb’s Park.

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Calliope no. 21

11″ x 14″
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I was asked to show some work at the tricentennial celebration of Natchez, Mississippi — the old river town where I grew up. I am honored and overwhelmed by the idea. I feel like the only way to “celebrate” it is to first recognize it as the site of incredible atrocities, as well as a place of natural beauty. Natchez was the setting for the decimation of the sun-worshipping native Natchez Indians, followed by a massive and brutal slave trade, and then Jim Crow-era violent oppression. Of course, as anywhere there are humans, lots of wonder and kindness and intelligence also exist. I don’t want the work to only be provocative or to lack beauty. At any rate, I’m working on a 25 foot work on paper of the river bluff of Natchez, populated by fragmented narratives, some historical, some personal, some pure reverie. These Calliope pieces are basically me getting a running start, hoping for something better than utter failure. My friend David reminded me of those old Presto Magix games where you were given a setting and rub off figures to populate it. Imagining something like that.

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Calliope no. 20

11″ x 14″
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Calliope no. 19

9″ x 12″
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Calliope no. 18

9″ x 12″
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Calliope no. 17

9″ x 12″
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Calliope no. 16

9″x12″

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Calliope no. 15

9″x12″
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Calliope no. 14

9″x12″
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Shubuta fountain

8″x10″
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Calliope no. 11

9″ x 12″
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Calliope no. 10

8″ x 10″
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Calliope no. 9

6″ x 8″
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Calliope no. 7

8″ x 10″

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Calliope no. 4

11″x14″
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Calliope no. 2

9″ x 12″
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Joan Didion

12″ x 12″
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Group

11″ x 14″

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Cows

11″ x 14″
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End of Summer no. 17

22″ x 28″
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End of Summer no. 3

20″ x 20″
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When We Were Sun-Worshippers XVII.

18″ x 24″
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When We Were Sun-Worshippers XVI.

18″ x 24″
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When We Were Sun-Worshippers XV.

18″ x 24″
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When We Were Sun-Worshippers XIV.

18″ x 24″
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When We Were Sun-Worshippers XIII.

18″ x 24″
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When We Were Sun-Worshippers XII.

18″ x 24″
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When We Were Sun-Worshippers XI.

18″ x 24″
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When We Were Sun-Worshippers X.

18″ x 24″
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When We Were Sun-Worshippers IX.

18″ x 24″
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When We Were Sun-Worshippers VIII.

18″ x 24″
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When We Were Sun-Worshippers VII.

18″ x 24″
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When We Were Sun-Worshippers VI.

18″ x 24″
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When We Were Sun-Worshippers V.

18″ x 24″
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When We Were Sun-Worshippers IV.

18″ x 24″
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When We Were Sun-Worshippers III.

18″ x 24″
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When We Were Sun-Worshippers II.

18″ x 24″
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This is in part a variation on Picasso’s “Night-Fishing in Antibes,” with burial mounds and interloping lion.

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When We Were Sun-Worshippers I.

18″ x 24″
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I just finished a group of eighteen oil paintings for a show at La Esquina in NYC (Soho). It will show from September 1st through November.

The imagery in these paintings is heavily influenced by my ancestral roots in Natchez, Mississippi. I specifically draw from memoirs recounting the family fleeing during the Civil War to the little town of Shubuta. Themes vary but repeating motifs include a family on the move, houses and landscapes, classical statuary, a fountain, wagon mules, a lion-like creature, suns, and celestial eyes.

There are stories behind these paintings, but to borrow from Katherine Bradford: all decisions are visual decisions. The paintings are not necessarily about a specific story or identity or politics or a stance. They’re about what will work, visually, with what’s there. Will this image/mark help the painting or shut it down? Often you don’t know until you’ve made the mark.

Each painting has its own unique system of governance. I try to stick to a theme or an approach, but, of course, as soon as an image begins I am subject to its peculiarities. In the end, I measure success by whether the painting feels unified despite itself. While I am thinking about Southern ancestral narratives – including the hard, sometimes shameful and always baffling reality of slave owning forebears – the images are not fixed and I am happy with as many readings as the paintings can hold.

So many thanks to Shelton Walsmith for the invitation to make and show this work. I’ll post images from the show here for the next couple of weeks.

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Snakes on the Road to Shubuta

30″ x 40″

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Jean Harlow

12″ x 12″
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Edouard Manet

12″ x 12″
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Bing Crosby

12″ x 12″
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Night-Fishing at Palmyra

9″ x 12″
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A little corruption of Picasso’s “Night Fishing at Antibes” at MOMA; may be ill-advised to make a new version of a Picasso, but there it is. This one set at Palmyra, no doubt the next target of destruction by ISIS.

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Rene and Georgette Magritte, with their Dog After the War

9″x12″
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The title taken from Paul Simon’s song, which was taken from a photograph by Belgian photographer Lothar Wolleh, which was allegedly taken during WWII, but likely taken some time in the 1960’s. I think of this painting as related to other paintings I’ve done called Going To Shubuta, about my ancestors fleeing Natchez, Mississippi during the Civil War.

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Peter Sellers

12″ x 12″
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I’m endeavoring to make a portrait a day of ‘people of note’ – loosely defined – artists, writers, thinkers, actors, scientists, muppets, astronauts; you know, it’s pretty free form. A study in likenesses. If you have any requests, feel free to email them to me (noahsaterstrom@gmail.com) and I’ll add them to the list.

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When We Were Sun-Worshippers

9″ x 12″
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This is a version of an image that has something to do with wastrels up trees, either hiding from something, or avoiding flood waters, or playing in trees, or they live up there for all the dangers on the ground. I remember a kid in my class in school telling a story about his uncle (whose name is ‘Brother’, which was a point of confusion in the retelling) who got run up a tree by a wild boar. He stayed up there overnight. I think of that when I see this wastrel up a tree, but it doesn’t really have to do with boars. I could call this “Adam and Eve in the Garden” but it’s not about that either.

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