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Cigar Box Paintings

MAY 24, 2010
This is a series of recent paintings that I've shown in galleries this Spring.  I've been working with cigar boxes for a long time, used them as cases for print portfolios, in sculptures and installations and for small paintings.  I have a personal connection to cigar boxes and enjoy working with them.  My mom worked at a tobacco farm when she was a kid in Cuba, my grandfather smoked cigars, sometimes he let me cut the cigar for him and would occasionally let me try a smoke just to see what it was like.  Being 6 or 7 at the time I'd wince and give the cigar back to him right away and he'd get a big laugh out of it.  One of the things I enjoy about working with cigar boxes is opening them up, catching a whiff of the tobacco scent, and having old memories come back.  At left is a photo of my grandfather, Fernando Rodríguez, I call him Papá.  He passed away about 10 years ago.
"Padron", acrylic on cedar
"Padron" detail

"Robusto", acrylic on cedar
"Prime Minister", acrylic on cedar

"20 Torpedos", acrylic on cedar
"20 torpedos" detail

"Reserva Negra", acrylic on wood

"Reserva Negra" detail

"Fuente", acrylic on wood

"Fuente", detail
"Hecho a Mano", acrylic on wood

"1971", acrylic on wood

"Avo", acrylic on wood

"Forest of Kings", acrylic and paper on cedar with wood

Paintings installed at 4th Wall Gallery

Please contact Scott Kaserman at 4th Wall Gallery with any inquiries about the availability of these paintings: scott.kaserman@gmail.com   214-740-9400
"15", pencil on chipboard, acrylic, cotton
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