Outside the Lines

 

 

Outside the Lines

Work by Stephen Brooks & Joe Lafone

July 1 - August 26, 2022

A self-described “tongue in cheek religious painter”, Joe Lafone once had a dream where God commanded him to paint endless images of Grandfather Mountain, a credible still life, and to Iron his shirts. As Joe states, “Two out of three ain’t bad.” I have painted and exhibited with Joe for 18 years. Together we hung shows in street fairs, restaurants, galleries, museums and yes, tattoo parlors. Many of these shows were of our collaborations. Coined “Tag Team Paintings”, these works always started with me drawing and making the underpainting and ended with Joe doing the sizzle on top. I always used specific colors on the underpainting to influence what Joe would put on top, however, Joe always managed to surprise me with a fresh mix of his own color choices and outrageous paint handling. Although I never thought if myself as a student, I am tremendously influenced by Joe. His unique color sense, technique, and philosophy continue to inform my work. Joe’s artistic journey has taken him many places in the Art world, and I am glad to have been along for the ride.

-Steve Brooks