I saw an exhibit of his paintings at USC back in something like 1975 (?). I was an art student at the time and had never seen paint handled with that level of viscosity. The thing was that he actually used the naturally occurring shadows from the paint thickness as part of the painting. And he painted exceptionally mundane subjects with ridiculously thick paint and absurdly bright color and made them more real than real.
I recall a simple wooden ruler where he one-stroked it, and when you stepped back a couple feet it became real wood with the grain in it and everything sitting perfectly.
And there was a painting of a "white" bunny rabbit and the paint viscosity worked to make it feel like fur.
Myself, being a starving art student, I could only guess at the cost of the paint. And I couldn't understand how it didn't crack and could hold the shape as it did and not get smooshed. Economics were the only reason I didn't immediately jump to painting in his style just to see if I could do it like some kid trying to replicate card tricks after seeing someone really good doing them.
I didn't think his work particularly amusing since my mouth fell open in amazement. To me he was more a magician than a painter because he pulled away from the usual seamless painting approach that most renderings employed.
Thanks for the link! I'd never seen him or heard him speak. He seems almost incongruous in his regular fellow-ness.
Bartender, fix me a moon river. . .in a TIFFANY GLASS!!!!!!!