Under the Perfect Sun

Fan palm trees are the focus of this series of paintings. “Under the Perfect Sun” is a common theme delivered by San Diego weather forecasters – meanwhile drought-damaged, burnt and dying palm trees have become common features of the Southern California landscape. The silent scream of the palms echoes both Munch’s “The Scream” as well as the iconic landscape paintings of Southern California artists Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari.  

The tight framing of the paintings is used to capture the characteristic verticality of the subject matter. This framing consciously excludes the picturesque qualities expressed in the sweeping vistas of traditional landscape formats.

The title for this series is taken from Under the Perfect Sun, an alternative history of San Diego by Mike Davis, Jim Miller and Kelly Mayhew.